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  • From: "Ellyn Stepanek (OSTN)" <>
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  • Subject: CUDI Partners with OSTN to Provide IPTV to Mexican Colleges and Universities
  • Date: Wed, 16 May 2007 10:02:23 -0400

Ellyn Stepanek
Communications Specialist

216-589-9626 ext. 234

Carlos Casasús Lopez Hermosa
General Director of CUDI (Mexico)

+ 52 (55) 5211 3060

CUDI Partners with OSTN to Provide IPTV to Mexican Colleges and Universities

OSTN Student-Produced, Educational, Foreign Language, News & Entertainment IPTV Programming Available to CUDI-linked Universities and Technical Schools

Mexico City – May 16, 2007 – Corporacion Universitaria para el Desarrollo de Internet (CUDI) today announced an IPTV partnership with the Open Student Television Network (OSTN). CUDI will offer OSTN’s educational, foreign language, news, and entertainment IPTV content through CUDI’s backbone data network for research and education to its nearly 190 members, public and private universities, colleges, community colleges, and technical schools throughout Mexico’s 32 states, representing nearly two million students, staff, and faculty subscribers.

OSTN IPTV content delivered over CUDI’s high speed network will include the OSTN student channel, educational channels such as NASA TV, C-SPAN, University of California Television (UCTV) and the Florida Educational Channel, news channels such as MSNBC and Fox News, entertainment channels such as Sci-Fi and USA Networks, foreign language channels such as CCTV (Chinese), TV5 (French), and RAI (Italian).

The partnership will additionally serve as an opportunity for the two organizations to collaborate on conducting IPTV research and development in the areas of multicast and IPv6. OSTN and CUDI will also collaborate on developing an OSTN Channel for Spanish speaking universities.

“Mexico’s content industry is undergoing a major resurgence. Many Mexicans are now working for the new Mexican movie industry which is producing great work. We are very happy that OSTN and CUDI can now provide a new venue for young video producers from our universities to show their work to the world. OSTN is a wonderful project and we are very to support its development in Mexico” said Carlos Casasús Lopez Hermosa, General Director of CUDI.

According to Azael Fernández Alcántara, IPv6 Workgroup Coordinator of CUDI, this partnership “represents just the first, but a very important step, to open to the Mexican students the possibility to produce their own programs and to work together inside the universities to allow this happen. Next steps include the deployment and use of Multicast IPv4, and to begin the tests of Multicast IPv6, to deliver OSTN IPTV content to all the participants.”

With CUDI’s additional distribution to Mexico, OSTN, viewable on televisions and personal computers, is now delivered to 42 million users at 4,500 university member campuses in 37 countries around the globe.

“We are pleased to partner with CUDI to deliver IPTV to Mexico’s colleges and universities,” said Prashant Chopra, Chief Executive Officer of OSTN. “We also look forward to collaborating with our colleagues in Mexico to aggregate and distribute Mexican student-produced, educational and news programming worldwide.”

For more information on receiving OSTN, contact Anthony Davis, Vice President of Membership Development, at or 216-973-7564.

About OSTN
OSTN is the leading provider of educational, foreign language, news, and entertainment IPTV content and services. OSTN features the only 24/7 worldwide channel exclusively devoted to student-produced programming. OSTN now is delivered to 42 million subscribers at more than 4,500 university member campuses and 37 countries around the globe. OSTN can be viewed on televisions and personal computers.

In North America, OSTN uses Internet2’s advanced network to distribute programming to members. It uses ORION in Ontario, Canada and the GEANT2 Network, managed by DANTE, in the European Union. GEANT2 links to Asia via TEIN2, the Middle East & Africa via EuroMed, Latin and South America via ALICE and Australia via AARNet. For more information, visit

About CUDI
Corporación Universitaria para el Desarrollo de Internet (CUDI) is a non-profit corporation of Mexican Universities in charge of running Mexico’s National Research and Education Network. It was formed in April, 1999 and has a membership of more than 190 higher education and research institutions. CUDI’s members comprise approximately 2/3 of the Mexican Higher Education System with nearly 2 million end users. Members are committed to the development, use and support of advanced networks and wide band connectivity applications for education and research. The CUDI network has 8,000 kilometers of backbone deployed throughout Mexico.

  • CUDI Partners with OSTN to Provide IPTV to Mexican Colleges and Universities, Ellyn Stepanek (OSTN), 05/16/2007

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