Sunday, May 14, 2006

T-Online Hungary Tests Microsoft TV / Alcatel

T-Online Hungary, a group member of Deutsche Telekom and Hungary's largest Internet access provider, has selected Alcatel and Microsoft TV as the suppliers for an IPTV pilot project.

The trial will have three phases: a technical lab trial, two field trials and a public market trial. The technical lab trial was successfully concluded at the end of January 2006. The first field trial (which included 18 broadcast TV channels, VoD and PVR) was recently evaluated and based on the results, a second extended field trial (with 500 users, enhanced quality and more TV channels) was started and is ongoing. The third phase, a public market trial, is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2006.

Alcatel said it is currently involved in more than 35 IPTV - Triple Play projects worldwide.