Omneon Video Networks will open a sales and support centre in Moscow next month to service its growing Eastern European client base. The office, located in Smolenskaya Square in the commercial district west of central Moscow, will be overseen by Reiner Frenken, Omneon's manager for Central and Eastern Europe, the Russian Federation, and Eurasia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Mongolia, and Uzbekistan).
"We have seen a definite acceleration in Russian sales over the past year, largely because the country's broadcast market is increasingly looking to tapeless operations, one of the primary operational benefits made possible through implementation of our Spectrum media server system," said Greg Hoskin, Omneon VP of EMEA sales. "In strengthening our presence in Russia, we're able to work more closely with local partners in meeting the rising demand for scalable and reliable platforms for both SD and HD playout in single- and multi-channel environments.
Omneon has partnered with systems integrators Qualitron, ISPAEngineering, VIDAU, Oltbert/Tivionica, and OKNO-TV in the Russian Federation; the Sherl company in the Ukraine; and Hannu Pro, TVC, and TVT for the CIS and the Baltic States. Other key partners include Russian application developers MeditProfi and Tract, both of which are developing applications designed to enhance operation of the Spectrum server system.