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MENAFN Press - 20/03/2014
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(MENAFN Press) du, the Middle East's fastest-growing telecommunications service provider, is pleased to announce that Qatar-based Al Kass TV, the government broadcaster of free-to-air channels, has signed an agreement with the company for streaming services through Akamai Technologies

Live streaming of the television channels will be delivered over the Akamai Intelligent platform. Through the partnership, Al Kass TV services will be available on any connected device, including mobiles and PCs, meeting customers' demands to access TV content online with 24/7 high quality channel streaming. With Akamai's advanced media solutions, user experience is improved with minimal latency and buffering

"This new partnership is an endorsement of the depth and scope of du's capabilities, how its well-established broadcast ecosystem can be used to the benefit of its customers," said Mahesh Jaishankar, Vice President - tamena and Broadcast, du. "We look forward to working closely with Al Kass TV in our endeavour to continue delivering better value to our customers.

Soeren Lindkvist, Vice President, Channel & Strategic Alliances Akamai Technologies, EMEA, said: "We are committed to making it easier for companies to be successful online, and through this partnership we are llooking forward to helping al Kass TV viewers enjoy their favorite content wherever and whenever they want, and on whatever device they choose across the region.

"Expanding our reach to the maximum number of viewers is important for us, and du, in partnership with Akamai, allows us to do this," said Essa Al- Hitmi, General Manager, Al Kass. "We chose to work with du and Akamai because of the high quality and reliability of the streaming services they provide, which will offer our viewers the optimal experience across multiple devices.

About du
We opened for business in 2006. We offer mobile and fixed telephony, broadband connectivity and IPTV services to individuals, homes and businesses. We also provide carrier services for businesses and satellite up/downlink services for TV broadcasters.As a rapidly-growing enterprise, we have a team of experts working to enhance and expand our bouquet of service offerings. Our people come from over 60 countries - we mirror the rich cultural diversity of our nation, while being able to serve our customers in a variety of languages.Over 50% of our senior management team and customer-facing employees are UAE nationals, and we remain committed to providing fulfilling opportunities for quality talent in a cosmopolitan working environment.By the end of Q4 2013, more than 7.4 million people and over 50,000 businesses have chosen to use our services. In a survey conducted by ARC Chart, we were named the Best Mobile Broadband Network 2012 in the Middle East and Africa region. We also ranked first in MENA's Standard & Poor/Hawkamah Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance Index in 2011. du is 39.5 percent owned by Emirates Investment Authority, 20.081 percent by Mubadala Development Company PJSC, 19.5 percent by Emirates Communications and Technology LLC and the remaining stake by public shareholders. du is listed on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM) and trades under the name 'du'.



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