Prodea Systems Awarded Contract for Deployment of Broadband Connected Home Services Throughout Pakistan

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The agreement with Akbar Associates Group provides a cutting edge bundle of broadband value-add services for distribution through service providers in the Pakistan telecommunications market

Akbar Associates Group (AAG) of Islamabad, Pakistan announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Plano, TX based Prodea Systems, Inc. to deploy Prodea’s market leading broadband value-add services platform in the Pakistan marketplace.

“Akbar Associates Group is extremely excited about the opportunity to bring Prodea’s solution to the Pakistan telecommunications market”, commented Jamal Akbar Ansari, Group Chief Executive Officer of Akbar Associates Group. “Prodea’s is the first solution we have found to be uniquely designed for service providers focused on making the broadband connected home a reality for the mass market. Our service provider clients and their subscribers will soon benefit from an unparalleled suite of entertainment, communications, and lifestyle services, all delivered over a basic internet connection”.

Prodea’s solution, known as 'ROS', is an end-to-end managed services platform which is delivered with an “appstore” of value-add services, applications and content, catering to every age group and demographic. Services range from video on demand and Internet TV, to security, eHealth, home automation and eLearning. It was built from the ground up to integrate into service providers’ infrastructure and operations, enabling them to extend their brand and service bundles to new domains and service verticals.

“We are honored to work with Akbar Associates Group in bringing our connected home solution to the Pakistan market”, said Anousheh Ansari, CEO of Prodea Systems. “AAG’s strong reputation and history with telecommunications providers make them the ideal partner for us as we jointly deliver a turnkey service and technology offering through service providers in Pakistan”.

Akbar Associates Group’s associated company ‘KHL’ has extensive experience in providing the turnkey infrastructure, which brings high speed Internet to the people of Pakistan, as with the recently announced PTCL Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) Project. Mr. Ansari of Akbar Associates added, “By combining our existing core competencies in building high-speed broadband networks with Prodea’s digital lifestyle service offerings, we now are able to not only provide increased access to high quality Internet connections, but also bring the compelling content and applications that make these Internet connections entertaining, productive and relevant in people’s lives”.

AAG is expecting to begin deployments of the ROSTM solution through leading Internet service providers starting in 4th quarter of 2011.

About AAG
Akbar Associates Group, is one of the leading business houses of Pakistan with niche presence in oilfield services, heavy engineering, telecommunication infrastructure development & fiber connectivity, LPG extraction, transport & marketing, barites & coal mining, construction, project & supply chain management, proprietary high end software development and longer term O&M of power plants & telecom infrastructures.

KHL, an Akbar Associates Group company, spearheads AAG’s initiatives in the telecom sector. KHL is the market leader in developing and deploying integrated value added services for all the leading telecom and IT service providers in Pakistan with specific focus on OFC/OSP works. KHL has the largest O&M portfolio for intra-city ‘Metro’, inter-city ‘Long Haul’ and GSM & LDI networks for all major telecom operators in Pakistan. Besides turn-key development of BTS/ADM sites, KHL also has over 1250 BTS/ADM sites and approximately 7000 kilometers of SLA based network under longer term O&M, making it the market leader in SLA driven corrective & maintenance systems. KHL is also leading the GPON deployment PTCL-Ethisalat in Pakistan.

About Prodea Systems
Prodea Systems, based in Plano Texas, is a privately held company formed by the Ansari family, inventors and proven entrepreneurs with a history of building companies based on industry-changing technologies. Prodea Systems is their latest endeavor to address the challenges of today’s increasingly complex digital home and connected small business environment and combine state of the art technology and simplicity in a single command center for the everyday consumer.

The Prodea Systems platform provides a turnkey, white label solution for traditional and alternative service providers who require continuous and timely delivery of new and innovative services to their subscribers over the existing broadband infrastructure.

Prodea’s solution uniquely enables carrier-grade services to be delivered directly to a variety of fixed appliances in the home or automobile, as well as mobile lifestyle devices including smart phones, portable media players or laptops. Additional information can be found at http://www.prodeasystems.com.

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