PARIS, France, and REDMOND, Washington - Alcatel and Microsoft Corp. today announced a global collaboration agreement designed to rapidly accelerate the availability of Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) services for broadband operators world-wide. Alcatel and Microsoft expect that this precedent-setting agreement between a leading provider of Triple Play (voice, data, video) solutions and a leading provider of software solutions will help expand the quickly-growing ecosystem of IPTV industry partners and enable telecommunication providers to take advantage of global economies of scale fueled by large-scale IPTV deployments planned across the globe.
As a result of this agreement, Alcatel and Microsoft will develop an integrated IPTV delivery solution. The integrated solution builds upon Alcatel's leadership in broadband, IP networking, development, and integration of end-to-end multimedia and video solutions, and Microsoft's leadership in TV software solutions and connected-entertainment experiences across consumer devices. The Alcatel/Microsoft� integrated solution can help IPTV service providers reduce deployment costs and shorten time-to-market for IPTV services as they transition to mass-market deployments of IPTV.
Alcatel and Microsoft believe that consumers around the world can benefit from receiving unique, personalized services through multiple devices, including the television. On-demand video streaming applications, interactive TV, video and voice communications, photo, music and home video sharing, and online gaming, all delivered seamlessly, are just a few examples of the services that consumers could receive through their multimedia-connected home networks.
As part of the agreement, the two companies plan to pursue a series of joint initiatives, including:
Developing and customizing new applications to meet the unique needs of different cultures and markets around the world,
Enhancing application and network resilience for better reliability in large-scale deployments,
Integration of content, security and digital rights management to ensure secure delivery of high-quality content, to and throughout the home,
Managing quality of service through intelligent video packet handling, and
End-to-end integration of management systems for the application platforms and all components of the network including the home network.
"We are excited to cooperate with Microsoft and benefit from its leadership in TV software delivery platforms and innovative consumer experiences delivered across devices in the multimedia-connected home," said Serge Tchuruk, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Alcatel. "We are committed to integrate the current Alcatel video solutions with Microsoft TV IPTV Edition, resulting in a market-leading integrated offering."
"Alcatel's deep understanding of broadband service providers and leadership in broadband solutions and integration make it a natural partner for us. Aligning our efforts will give customers an unmatched network-access, software-delivery and systems-integration solution," said Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's chief executive officer. "Together, Alcatel and Microsoft will usher in a new generation of exciting entertainment, information and communication services, enabled by the marriage of powerful broadband networks and advanced software."
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