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NEC's Euro Hopes

1:00 PM -- NEC Corp. (Tokyo: 6701) is on a dual mission this week -- to make a name for itself in the IPTV world, and to make a dent in the intensely competitive European fixed broadband access market.

It made its splash in IPTV earlier this week, unveiling a TV-over-broadband strategy that, it hopes, can net it nearly $500 million in revenues by 2010. (See NEC Pins Its IPTV Hopes on IMS.)

Its other target is the European DSL market, where, to date, its only business of any note has resulted in a few small deployments in Hungary, including one at GTS-Datanet .

Now, says NEC Europe's head of broadband access solutions, Simon Webster, the company is involved in a number of trials around Europe that, if they result in some meaningful business, could establish the company as a player in a market dominated by Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , but also including Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) and Nokia Networks .

"The next six months are going to be critical," says Webster.

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

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