Conax strikes major reseller agreement with ZTE

Conax-NewKudelski-owned conditional access specialist Conax has entered a global IPTV reseller agreement with Chinese technology giant ZTE.

Under the terms of the deal Conax’s conditional access technology will be bundled with ZTE’s offering for the IPTV market.

Conax is providing its Connected Access security client to ZTE, which combines conditional access and DRM in a sigle client for all operators content delivered to the set-top box. According to Conax, its product uses a hybrid approach that eliminates the need for multiple back-ends.

“This means we are bundling the connected access client into ZTE’s complete offering targeting the global IPTV market,,” said Tor-Helge Kristiansen, EVP and principal architect, Conax, at a Kudelski Group press briefing in Montreux.

ZTE is one of the big two technology players in the IPTV market alongside Huawei. The company also provides financing for IPTV service providers alongside technology.

“This deal is very important for us,” said Kristiansen, citing the statistic that ZTE products are sold to over 500 operators in 160 countries.

Conax and ZTE said that their first joint operator deployments were already under preparation.