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Alcatel-Lucent Updates on IPTV

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) today elaborated on a key part of its IPTV strategy, announcing further details about its planned "converged entertainment platform." (See Alcatel-Lucent Speaks Out on IPTV.)

The new details were released in response to Light Reading's story earlier this week about the vendor's IPTV strategy. (See Alcatel-Lucent Unveils IPTV Strategy.)

Today's announcement notes that some of the capabilities in the MiViewTV platform, which was developed by Lucent and based on the Imagenio IPTV system inherited from Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF), will be included in Alcatel-Lucent's converged entertainment platform. (See Lucent Unveils MiViewTV and Lucent, Telefonica Team on IPTV.)

That converged platform, which won't be available for some time, will blend MiViewTV, the Mobile Interactive TV (MiTV) service, content management software from the Mobilitec Inc. acquisition, and the fruits of Alcatel-Lucent partnerships including the one with Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), the announcement states. (See Alcatel, Microsoft Confirm IPTV Deal and Lucent Moves on Mobilitec.)

MiTV enables video streaming to mobile devices. So, the planned converged entertainment platform will address the delivery of multiple services across fixed and mobile networks, which makes sense.

The announcement positions the planned converged services/entertainment platform as the next major step up for existing Alcatel-Lucent IPTV customers, including Telefónica.

Alcatel-Lucent also restated its commitment to supporting Telefónica's IPTV services and strategy, saying in the news release that it is "excited about the potential benefits that a converged TV experience will bring to consumers and [is] committed to help Telefónica to be amongst the first ones to provide it."

If some of Microsoft's IPTV Edition platform does end up forming part of Alcatel-Lucent's planned converged entertainment platform, then Microsoft would have yet another Tier 1 carrier to add to its IPTV customer list. (See SBC Awards Microsoft $400M IPTV Deal , Swisscom Finally Launches IPTV, BT Unveils IPTV Service, TI Develops IPTV With Microsoft, Alcatel and Microsoft Win Danish IPTV Order, Microsoft Wins IPTV Deal at DT, Club Internet Unveils IPTV , SingTel Tunes In to IPTV, and Microsoft Adds Three for IPTV.)

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

digits 12/5/2012 | 3:15:29 PM
re: Alcatel-Lucent Updates on IPTV There is clearly concern, even among carriers such as France Telecom, that Alcatel-Lucent and Microsoft will dominate the IPTV acces and control market and greatly influence the direction in which the market goes during the next few years.

The question is, who can step up and challenge for the Tier 1 accounts? Nokia/Siemens and Ericsson/Redback/Marconi, and others, need to make a big mark in 2007 to give the big carriers some food for thought.

MorningWd 12/5/2012 | 3:15:23 PM
re: Alcatel-Lucent Updates on IPTV I think that ALU/MSFT are definitely creating a monopoly. I also believe that the only way to truly compete against them would have involve CSCO. Since there is "IP" in IPTV, who better? They have a strong balance sheet and carry a tremendous amount of weight. The real issue with them is their total lack of wireless. Would a mega-merger between them and ERIC be out of the question?

On a completely separate tangent, is ALU/MSFT domination a bad thing for the macro industry? I think you would be hard pressed to say that "competition" is now anything other than telco vs. CATV for consumers. To quickly enter the mass market, IPTV needs a unified voice. The market may not have time for a bunch of different options.

Michael Harris 12/5/2012 | 3:15:01 PM
re: Alcatel-Lucent Updates on IPTV Agree that Cisco is certainly the most likely contender. They're solid in cable. How can they extend that leadership into telco and wireless?
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