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OKI and HTB Commence Joint Video Distribution Experiment in Compliance with ITU-T IPTV Standards

Using the JGN-X1 cloud environment managed by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), OKI (TOKYO:6703) and Hokkaido Television Broadcasting (HTB) have jointly set up the OKI MediaServer, an OKI video distribution system that complies with the ITU-T IPTV standards.

Effective October 1, 2012, the partners launched the experimental ITU IPTV IPv6 global testbed for content2 distribution created by HTB based on the LIME standard specification. This experiment will distribute IPTV content to organizations in various countries interconnected by JGN-X, including service providers, research institutes, and universities, for the purpose of promoting the ITU-T IPTV standards. The plan calls for eventually expanding the network to approximately ten countries by the end of March 2015, based on requests from overseas service providers considering adopting the IPTV Standard.

OKI and HTB have launched the ITU IPTV IPv6 global testbed project to promote the diffusion of the ITU-T IPTV standards and to establish an environment for service verification by service providers planning to adopt the IPTV Standard. This testbed can primarily be used to verify the following: (1) whether a network offers adequate bandwidth and quality (delay, loss) suitable for IPTV video distribution; (2) functions allowing collaborative linking of videos, still images, text, and applications in content created based on LIME standard specifications. The content produced by participants for such verification will be registered on the OKI MediaServer.

As part of this experimental project, the partners presented a demonstration of video distribution on November 20 and 21 at the ITU Headquarters in Switzerland and at the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2012 (WTSA-12) held in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. WTSA-12 participants will include regulatory agencies working in the area of communications and telecommunications carriers in UN member states. OKI believes participation in the event will help promote the ITU-T IPTV standards.

[Glossary]
1 JGN-X (JGN-eXtreme)
JGN-X is the Testbed Environment for R&D to realize and broaden the New Generation Network Technologies to meet the demands of ICT society in the future. National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) has started JGN-X from April 2011. As well as the promotion of advanced research and development, achievements such as education of ICT human resource, promotion of research activities in rural areas, international competition improvement, was seen in the projects.
For details, visit http://www.jgn.nict.go.jp/english/index.html

2 Content developed by HTB based on LIME standard specification
Refers to interactive TV content based on LIME standard specification created by HTB using data broadcast production know-how and content developed and accumulated through terrestrial digital broadcasting service operations. One LIME application developed by HTB won the Honorable Mention in the Value to Society Corporate awards in the 2011 ITU IPTV Application Challenge contest.

About OKI Electric Industry (OKI)
Founded in 1881, OKI Electric Industry is Japan's leading telecommunications manufacturer in the Info-telecom field. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, OKI provides top-quality products, technologies, and solutions to customers through its info-telecom systems and printer operations. Its various business divisions function synergistically to bring to market exciting new products and technologies that meet a wide range of customer needs in various sectors. Visit OKI's global website at http://www.oki.com/.

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