Thursday, May 19, 2005

China's Big Three Telecom Equipment Vendors Eye IPTV

From Lightreading: China's 'Big Three' Eye IPTV

"The good news for North American and European equipment vendors: Chinese megavendors (Huawei, ZTE and UTStarcom) have yet to conquer IPTV. The bad news: They're working on it."

"Furthest along perhaps is UTStarcom with its mVision end-to-end IPTV platform. The U.S.-based company has one announced IPTV deployment, a 12,000 subscriber initial deployment for the CLEC SmartTel Communications in Florida and Alabama. The company told analysts Wednesday it has 40 Chinese trials going and a “cumulative $100 million in IPTV contracts.”"

"Early this year, ZTE signed a contract worth more than $20 million with Atlas Interactive, India's largest IPTV carrier. ZTE, which includes Microsoft's middleware in its telco TV offering, will reportedly supply the infrastructure, software and integration services needed to deploy a new IPTV network in India, in a deal valued at $1 billion."

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