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Alcatel Lands TDC IPTV Deal

PARIS -- Alcatel (NYSE: ALA; Paris: CGEP:PA) has landed another IPTV deal with middleware partner Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), the vendor announced today at the TVoDSL 2006 event in Paris. (See TDC Uses Alcatel for IPTV and Alcatel Struts TV-Over-DSL).

No financial details were released.

Alcatel will deliver Microsoft's IPTV Edition middleware and act as the integrator to the Danish incumbent TDC A/S (Copenhagen: TDC), which is currently in the throes of a takeover by private equity firms. The equipment firm is also supplying TDC with its 7302 Integrated Services Access Manager (ISAM). (See Merger Mania Continues in Europe, NTC Updates on TDC, Alcatel, Microsoft Confirm IPTV Deal, and Vendors Claim DSLAM Breakthrough.)

TDC plans to use the IPTV system to provide services to its cable TV as well as DSL subscribers. "Firstly, will we implement the system on ADSL and secondly also use elements of the backend systems and middleware for applications in our DVB based cable-TV network," states Niels Breining, CEO of TDC Cable-TV, in a prepared statement.

TDC, which recently outlined its triple play plans, has been working with Alcatel for some time on the development of new broadband applications and services. (See TDC Makes Triple Play Plans and Alcatel, TDC Study Broadband Apps.)

The Danish carrier is not the first European carrier to choose Microsoft's IPTV platform. Telecom Italia (TIM) , Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM), and BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) have all committed to the software giant's product. (See Microsoft Wins at BT, Microsoft IPTV: Now That's Italian!, and Swiss IPTV Trial Hits 'Glitches'.)

But it seems Microsoft is still ironing out problems with its middleware platform, as Telecom Italia, which has been working with Microsoft on its IPTV plans for two years, still hasn't taken the software firm's system out of the lab and into its network. Instead it has launched its commercial service using Alcatel's IPTV middleware, the French vendor's chief marketing officer Alan Mottram confirmed here at the Paris show. (See TI Adds to IPTV Content.)

Microsoft TV's group product manager Hemang Mehta says he isn't aware of any problems at the Italian carrier, while Mottram claims developments between the partners are progressing "as expected. A lot of milestones have been achieved in the past six months to get Microsoft's platform to where it needs to be, and now we are busy building applications that will run on top of it," such as the AmigoTV and MyOwnTV applications, says the CMO. (See Alcatel Unveils IPTV Apps.)

Telecom Italia could not be reached for immediate comment.

Other news at the Paris event includes:

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

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