According to several reports, , through its subsidiary, will enter the IPTV middleware business at the upcoming . Ericsson will join Microsoft, Alcatel-Lucent, Thomson, and Nokia Siemens, among others, all of whom are chasing the global tier one and two carrier market for IPTV middleware. Seems a little crowded to me. Is there really enough business to go around for all these heavyweights? Alan Delaney, business development director for Ericsson subsidiary Tandberg TV, tells , “We’ve been working on this in a number of different geographies and using expertise from a number of different parts of the company. It’s part of the drive to enable an end-to-end service across multiple platforms. It’s IMS enabled, and is aimed at operators that need scalability and an open standards-based platform — it’s based on specifications from the .”

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