SaskTel Launches Video-on-demand Services with Sun, Kasenna Platform

11/17/2003 - Sun Microsystems announced a joint effort with Kasenna giving telcos, like SaskTel, the power to leverage their DSL and broadband infrastructure investment by launching video-on-demand (VOD) services. Sun's open, standards-based computing platform, together with Kasenna's MediaBase XMP software for managing, distributing and delivering video content, allow SaskTel to develop innovative new solutions to complement their existing high speed and television service and eliminates the need to purchase purpose-built proprietary systems.

"This technology allows us to offer new services like video-on-demand to meet our customers' evolving entertainment needs," said Shelly Smith, general manager of Digital Interactive Video at SaskTel. "We selected Sun and Kasenna for this project because of their open, standards-based approach and scalability."

Kasenna's software allows SaskTel to deploy servers in multiple locations while using a centralized interface to manage them seamlessly. SaskTel has deployed Sun servers running Kasenna MediaBase XMP video delivery software with Gigabit Ethernet delivering MPEG-2 video at 2.3 Mbps. SaskTel launched its IP broadcast service last year over its existing DSL network. The company continues to capitalize on its investment in an IP network with the addition of VOD. The service is available to subscribers in all metropolitan areas where SaskTel's high speed and television service is offered and is expected to grow rapidly.

"Sun is committed to helping telco's like SaskTel introduce new services like video-on-demand that leverage their investments in DSL and broadband network infrastructure," said Phil Sasso, senior director of the Telecommunications Industry at Sun Microsystems. "Working closely with Kasenna, Sun is helping deliver on the promise of triple-play services, video, voice and data, over a converged IP network. We are helping telco's bring innovation to market."

From narrowband to broadband to broadcast video deployments, MediaBase XMP provides the flexibility to suite many markets and applications including cable, telco, hospitality, enterprise, education and government. With a solution that supports open, industry-standards like MPEG-4, MPEG-1, and MPEG-2, Sun's rack-optimized volume server products, StorEdge Arrays and the Solaris Operating Environment allow MediaBase XMP software to scale up to extremely large metro-size deployments or scale down to easily fit in small or trial deployments.

About Kasenna, Inc.
Kasenna, Inc. delivers on-demand video delivery solutions that enable network operators, content providers and enterprises to build commercial-grade networks and applications for delivering entertainment-quality video. Built on technology spun out of SGI, thousands of telecom, cable, hospitality, enterprise, education and government deployments worldwide use the company's on-demand video delivery solutions. Kasenna's patented technology is available on the IRIX, Solaris, and Linux operating systems. Kasenna, [pronounced kah-SEN-ah], is headquartered in Mountain View, California. Together with Apple, Cisco, IBM, Philips and Sun, Kasenna is a founding member of the Internet Streaming Media Alliance. For more information, go to

About SaskTel
SaskTel is the leading full service communications company in Saskatchewan, offering complete wireline, wireless, Internet and e-business solutions over a state-of-the-art, digital network. SaskTel maintains investments in companies that provide a variety of products and services. For more information, visit SaskTel at

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Java, and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Kasenna is a trademark of Kasenna, Inc.

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