Ericsson has announced that it has renewed its contract with UK commercial television network ITV.

The contract, which has been extended until 2024, sees the Sweden-based vendor provide playout services for ITV’s portfolio of channels including ITV, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, ITV HD and CITV and their associated regional variants.

Ericsson has also designed, built and integrated a scalable simulcast platform that enables the broadcaster to deliver new services and launch existing services onto new platforms and screens.

Thorsten Sauer, Head of Broadcast and Media Services at Ericsson, said: “ITV operates one of the most complex broadcast operations in the world.

“For many years, we have worked together successfully to deliver dynamic commercial channels, while reducing cost, complexity, risk and increasing efficiencies.

“We look forward to strengthening our relationship further and helping ITV to continue delivering world-class television on every platform and every screen across the UK for years to come.”

In June, Ericsson revealed it had won a seven-year contract to provide similar services to ITV rival the BBC.

The vendor also secured a deal to help launch three new television channels and an interactive red button service for BT Sport.

However, Ericsson said its TV & Media business declined in the second quarter due to lower software licensing sales.

The company continues to focus on TV as part of its strategy to move away from a reliance on telcos.

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