Tuesday, August 2, 2005

Alcatel and Amdocs Align on IPTV

Alcatel and Amdocs agreed to collaborate to address the requirements of communications service providers planning to deploy IPTV and other next generation broadband IP services. Through this arrangement, the two companies will work to deliver a joint end-to-end solution that supports triple play bundles of voice, data and video services. The companies will integrate the Amdocs IP Convergence Solution for IPTV with Alcatel's broad suite of IPTV offerings.

Alcatel and Amdocs have already begun development of an Interoperability lab that will simulate real-world production environments and foster the creation of a joint end-to-end offering. The environment will house diverse components of the combined solution that will span from the customer premise to the BSS layer. This includes the infrastructure, full broadband access network, switching, routing, transport and applications.

  • In May 2005, SBC Communications awarded a multi-million dollar, multi-year contract to Amdocs to provide its customer lifecycle management solutions for Project Lightspeed. The Amdocs IP Convergence solution is based on the Amdocs billing, customer relationship management (CRM), ordering and payment mediation products, combined with Amdocs consulting and systems integration services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

  • In October 2004, SBC announced a five-year, approximately $1.7 billion primary supplier agreement with Alcatel to provide network equipment and video system integration services for Project Lightspeed. Alcatel's network equipment includes core network access, aggregation and switching equipment platforms that will provide the Internet Protocol, packet-based network technologies that connect the customers to the video hub offices. SBC has also named Scientific-Atlanta and Microsoft as key IPTV suppliers.

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