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STC joins open IPTV Forum

The Open IPTV (OIPF) Forum has announced Saudi Telecom Co (STC) has joined the global body to shape the future of Internet Connected TV. In 2010, STC became the first telecom operator in the Middle East to offer a commercial IPTV service. "STC joins the OIPF to be able to influence and network with related companies so as to learn, influence and contribute to IPTV technology and services in the future," said Sami Al Zomaia, Director of Data and Broadband Services at STC. OIPF was founded by Panasonic, Samsung, Ericsson, Sony Corporation, France Telecom, Telecom Italia, Philips and Nokia Siemens Networks. It aims to enable and accelerate creation of a mass market for IPTV by defining and publishing free-of-charge, standards-based specifications for end-end IPTV services of the future. It also plans to launch a device certification and interoperability testing (IOT) programme that will see the OIPF logo appearing on numerous media devices and services.