Agarik’s video portal – pivotal technology for video-to-mobile delivery – ensures SFR 60 channels broadcast through its Vodafone live! portal
||The speed, flexibility and responsiveness of Agarik1, new Bull’s subsidiary are at the heart of SFR’s success
In November 2004, French operator SFR launched its very first television channels that could be received by mobile phones. Since February 2005, the company has retained Agarik to provide consulting and support to assist in the encoding of these services.
Agarik’s role has since developed considerably, to the extent that Agarik is now SFR’s only video portal supplier, managing 132 video streams to provide 60 channels broadcast through its Vodafone live! portal, with access to three major bundles of services: SFR, CANALSAT and TPS.
For Marc Baudy, TV-Video Manager at SFR, Agarik’s responsiveness is a determining factor in the success of the project: “Agarik’s teams successfully adapted to a totally new requirement when we asked them put in place the first TV channels. Since then, Agarik has successfully delivered a rapid increase in power to achieve what’s required for the current channels. In parallel, Agarik’s expertise and responsiveness has enabled us to offer our customers innovative new services in very short timescales.”
Agarik has provided SFR with a powerful platform consisting of over 150 components including servers, demodulators, a switch and a firewall. All this ensures a high level of responsiveness and modularity: a bundle of 15 channels can be added in the space of just five days.
1In July 2006, Bull acquired critical Internet infrastructure outsourcing company Agarik, enhancing its offerings and strengthening competitive position in Web hosting and critical Internet infrastructure outsourcing market for Web operators. In this way, Bull consolidated its presence in the strategically important Telecoms sector.