Tuesday, November 8, 2005

Nortel Outlines End-to-End IPTV Solution

Nortel launched an end-to-end IPTV solution using its own equipment as well as products from ecosystem partners. Nortel's strategy will leverage its packet voice expertise and IMS portfolio to enable broadband network operators to enhance their IPTV service with rich, multimedia capabilities. IPTV subscribers will be able to use their TVs to communicate and interact with their friends and family through a variety of media, such as voice, instant messaging, video, and picture sharing. In addition, Nortel's solution works with wireless devices such as PDAs and cell phones.

Nortel has established a strategic ecosystem of IPTV providers and products to form a complete end-to-end solution. Extensive testing in Nortel's IPTV lab in Ottawa helps ensure that the solution will meet the demanding functionality, reliability and security requirements of service providers. Nortel will provide full installation, integration and support for both the North American (ANSI) and European (ETSI) market.

Nortel's current end-to-end IPTV solution ecosystem includes: IPTV middleware from Minerva Networks and Orca Interactive; video-on-demand (VoD) from Kasenna and BitBand; content security solutions from Irdeto; encoders from Harmonic and Optibase; a Web browser interface from Espial; digital program insertion (DPI) from Terayon; an emergency alert system (EAS) from Trilithic; xDSL modems from Westell; and set-top boxes from Amino.

Meets IMS

IMS enables the separation of applications from the underlying network.
While originally defined for 3G mobile phone systems, the IMS model
has now been adopted as a baseline technology for network and service
convergence by wireless, wireline and cable providers. Here is how it
could be integrated with IPTV to enable personalized services across any
broadband connection, wireless or wireline.


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