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Advanced Digital Broadcast

Advanced Digital Broadcast
Type Public company (SIX:ADBN)
Industry Television, Telecommunications
Founders Andrew Rybicki, Janusz Szajna, Krzysztof Kolbuszewski, Mariusz Walkowiak
Headquarters Geneva, Switzerland
Key people Peter Balchin, CEO
Products Set-top boxes
Digital Video Recorders
Interactive television
Compact Television head-ends
Residential Gateways,
Home Networking,
TR-069 Remote Management,
Employees 900+
Website ADB ADB Group

Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) designs, manufactures and deploys solutions to distribute pay-TV and multimedia services to the connected home, for all types of networks. The company has its global headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland and regional headquarters in Denver, USA and Taipei, Taiwan. ADB has established local offices in several European countries, Asia, India and Latin America. The company's main Research & Development facilities are in Poland, Italy and Ukraine.[1] It is a member of ADB Group, which is publicly listed on the Swiss stock exchange (SIX:ADBN).

Founded in 1995, ADB initially focused on developing and marketing software for digital TV processors and expanded its business to the design and manufacture of digital TV equipment in 1997. The company sold its first set-top box in 1997 and today makes more than 30 models of set-top boxes, and Gateway devices, together with advanced software platforms.[2] According to ADB press releases, it has sold over 30 million devices worldwide.[3]

The Company employs over 900 people, of which 70% are in engineering functions.[4] ADB has close technical research links with a number of European universities and polytechnics including Warsaw University.[5]


In 1995 Advanced Digital Broadcast was founded by Andrew Rybicki with an initial focus on developing and marketing software for advanced digital TV processors.

In 1997 the business was expanded into the design and manufacture of digital TV equipment. ADB designed its first commercial set-to box, and established its dedicated R&D facility in Poland and corporate headquarters in Taiwan.

Between 1998 and 2000 offices were opened in Australia, and Spain, and ADB sold its one millionth set-top box.

In 2001 ADB announced the development of an open standard set-top box middleware solution based on the Multimedia Home Platform (MHP) specification and established its worldwide headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The company sold its two millionth set-top box.

In 2002 the company opened its Americas headquarters in Chicago (since moved to Denver). ADB was invited to supply digital TV technology for Poland's first MHP broadcast trial[6] and became the world's first set-top box provider to launch an MHP digital receiver, the i-CAN 3000, in Finland.[7]

In 2003 ADB delivered set-top boxes for the launch of digital terrestrial TV services in Italy,[8] announced the world's first hybrid MHP Internet set-top box with terrestrial reception[9] and became the first company to supply the television industry with MHP-compliant set-top boxes.[10] The company received a German-Polish Innovation award and a Cable & Satellite International Product of the Year award for its i-CAN 3000 set-top box.[11]

In 2004 ADB deployed its i-CAN 2000T digital TV set-top box in the Italian market[12][13] and won two Cable and Satellite International Product of the Year awards for the ADB 3100TW hybrid IPTV/DVB-T set-top box.[14]

In 2005, ADB Group was floated on the Swiss Stock Exchange (SWX) [15] and ADB secured its first major IPTV contract to supply set-top boxes to Telefónica in Spain.[16] The company unveiled its first single-chip MPEG-4 AVC based set-top box, the ADB-7800TW.

In 2006 ADB introduced European-based manufacturing and shipped its eight millionth set-top box.[15] The company secured its first contract in Germany for the supply of digital IPTV set-top boxes to Hansenet.[17] ADB partnered with UK broadcasters the BBC, Channel 4, Five and ITV in the first HDTV field trial on the UK's digital terrestrial network.[18] ADB participated in a pilot with Italian broadcaster RAI for the world's first HDTV transmission using MPEG-4 AVC video compression during coverage of the Winter Olympics from Turin, Italy.[19][20]

In 2007 ADB was selected by YES, a satellite TV provider in Israel, to supply set-top boxes for the launch of HDTV services.[21] Set-top boxes were supplied to Telefónica Chile for the launch of IPTV services[22][23] and to Multimedia Polska for the introduction of HDTV on digital cable.[24] The Company also signed a distribution agreement with Border States Electric Supply headquartered in Fargo, North Dakota for the supply of IPTV set-top boxes to Independent Operating Companies in the United States.[25][26]

In 2008 ADB deployed its 12 millionth set-top box[15] and introduced tru2way certified set-top boxes for the interactive cable TV market.[27] ADB announced new deals for the supply of set-top boxes to HelloHD in Hungary,[28][29][30] the expansion of its distribution network in North America through a partnership with Graybar,[31] the supply of IPTV set-top boxes to Telekom Austria,[32][33] and the introduction of high-definition Digital Video Recorders at Télégèneve – naxoo.[34] The company partnered with Grundig to enable the launch of the first Norwegian Push Video on Demand (P-VOD) offering by RIKSTV.[35][36][37] During 2008 ADB won the Cable & Satellite International Product of the Year Award for Best Customer Premises Technology[4] and won a second IPTV World Series Award for Best IPTV Customer Premise Equipment technology.[4][38]

In 2009 ADB completed 1.5 million IPTV set-top box deployments[4] and announced set-top box deals with TFN Media [39] in Taiwan and Altibox in Norway and Denmark.[40] At the 2009 TV Innovation Awards, ADB was named ‘TV Innovator of the Year’ and received the award for best set-top box technology for its ADB-4820C set-back box.[41] The company demonstrated DivX compressed video and Internet applications including YouTube and Facebook on television using a set-top box.[42]

In late 2010 ADB Group acquired Pirelli Broadband Solutions,[43] and thus secured a foothold in all content delivery channels. In 2010 ADB was selected as a solution supplier by Canal Digital, First Media[44] and Slovak Telekom.[45] In 2010 ADB collected two awards for its three-way hybrid platform ADB-5720SX: Best Interactive TV Service/Application[46] at the IPTV World Series Awards 2010[47] and Best Customer Premise Technology at the Cable & Satellite International Product of the Year Awards 2010. The ADB Carbo™ high definition user interface won in the category Best Interactive TV Technology or Application at Product of the Year Awards. ADB’s satellite receiver collected the top prize in the category of Best Platform Receiver or CA/CF Tuner.[48]

In 2011 the ADB solution Multi-room launched by Polish satellite operator won the competition organized by Satkrak magazine in the category Best Product of the Year.[49] In this year the ADB-2850ST[50] hybrid digital set-top box, pre-integrated with its award-winning Carbo™[51] user interface was delivered to Business Telecom Kft (Btel). TEO LT, the largest provider of integrated telecommunication, IT and TV services in Lithuania, launched a new product in the ADB portfolio - Epicentro® Software Platform.

In 2012 ADB won new customers: Belgian cable pay-TV operator VOO and telecommunications operator Tattelekom in Russia. This second operator introduced the Epicentro® Software Platform - winner[52] of the Broadband World Forum Infovision Award 2012 in Broadband Home category. In this year ADB expanded its presence in North America[53] by signing a distribution contract with Adams Cable Equipment (ACE)[54] of Lenexa, Kansas to supply the ADB - P.DGA4001N WiFi ADSL2+gateway.


ADB is a volume supplier of High-definition television (HDTV) set-top boxes and residential gateway devices to cable, satellite, IP, terrestrial television operators, and broadband service providers. According to ADB press releases, it has sold more than 35 million consumer premise devices worldwide.[3]

The company's solutions portfolio includes pay-TV set-top devices with the award-winning Carbo user interface; software for advanced pay-TV services, such as video on demand, multi-room video recording, interactive TV and internet applications; ready-to-deploy pay-TV solutions, including consumer devices, middleware, applications, services and scalable head ends; broadband access gateways and home networking devices; remote management software; and life-cycle and integration services.

ADB designs and manufactures over 30 models of set-top box for digital TV service providers in Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas. These products are designed for multiple purposes and include Standard-definition devices (e.g. ADB-2500W), High-definition devices (e.g. ADB-3810C), Digital Video Recorder (e.g. ADB-5810SX advanced high definition DVR), Digital Video Recorder with push VOD and home networking (e.g. ADB-5720CDX HD DVR), and set-top box with Internet/TV convergence (e.g. ADB-3810TW) .[21][22][32][39][55]

The majority of ADB set-top boxes can be used to receive television services from different types of transmission networks simultaneously.[56] Set-top boxes with this capability are known in the television industry as hybrid set-top boxes.[57]

Set-top-box models support the specific physical reception and return-channel messaging requirements of the television transmission infrastructure where they will be deployed, such as cable, satellite, IPTV or digital terrestrial TV. Cable set-top boxes include a choice of return path such as V.92 modem for low-level two-way interactivity or, for high-speed two-way communications, an Ethernet interface or fully integrated DOCSIS modem. Set-top boxes designed for U.S. cable operators are CableLabs certified.[58][59] A selection of ADB's set-top boxes include home networking capabilities using DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance)[60] and UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) standards.[61]


Service provider customers include Eurocom,[62] HOT,[63] ITI ("n"),[64] Multimedia Polska,[24] Telefónica,[16] Swisscom, Telekom Austria and Telenet.[65] In countries with PayTV offers available in retail, such as Italy,[66] and the UK,[67] ADB supplies set-top boxes under its i-CAN brand, or under the distributor's brands.


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