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Dream Move for IPTV Firm

3:45 PM -- The news that Motorola Mobility LLC is to acquire Swedish IPTV middleware player Dreampark AB elicited an instant response from EuroBlog: "Are you sure?" (See Moto Snags Swedish IPTV Software Player.)

It's great news for the Dreampark team, which has been working hard for the past four years or so to win a slice of the IPTV middleware market where Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) and its partner Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), along with Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), Nokia Networks , Technicolor (Euronext Paris: TCH; NYSE: TCH) and ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763) are significant players.

But if Motorola Mobility is looking to beef up in the IPTV middleware sector, is a small Swedish firm that lands deals with competitive carriers in markets such as Croatia, Ireland and the Faroe Islands the company to buy? No disrespect to Dreampark, by the way –- it has made a name for itself and been growing consistently during the past few years -– but it doesn't look like a game changer. (See Dreampark Wins IPTV Deal in Egypt, Dreampark Plans Expansion and Dreampark Wins Irish Deal.)

Whatever the reason, Motorola's move is helping to bring the IPTV middleware sector back out of the shadows and more toward the front of the stage again. Other recent news is also raising that particular sector's profile, such as the deal Minerva Networks Inc. has just won in Malta. (See Minerva Adds an OTT Deal.)

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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