Tuesday, June 21, 2005

KPN and Telstra say no to Microsoft for IPTV

After Swisscom had to delay the roll-out of IPTV ('Bluewin TV') due to technicalities, shivers went through the vendor and telco communities. After all, Microsoft right now is the only company to provide all software parts of an end-to-end IPTV solution. And Microsoft has trials or outright orders for its Microsoft TV software suite from a.o. Verizon, SBC, BellSouth, Telecom Italia and Swisscom.

Now things seem to turn into a negative trend for Microsoft. Today KPN selected Siemens for its IP-TV roll-out, and Australian Telstra decided not to go with Microsoft (any choice will be made sooner rather than later, for a launch date is to be within 12-18 months).

Siemens seems to have made the right decision, buying Myrio and thus extending the breadth of its IPTV software capabilities.

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