According to several reports, Ericsson, through its TandbergTV subsidiary, will enter the IPTV middleware business at the upcoming IBC Conference. 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 Light Reading, “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 Open IPTV Forum.”
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