Sunday, August 6, 2006

Nortel and Broadstream Partner on IPTV for Rural Providers

Nortel is collaborating with Broadstream Communications, a provider of IPTV content transport and management services, to deliver an end-to-end IPTV solution that now includes both video infrastructure and television programming.

Broadstream provides TV channels that are pre-packaged in an IPTV-ready format by pre-encoding them into high quality MPEG-4 and delivering them via a single satellite to the telco video head-end. This process eliminates the telco's need for costly encoders and expensive satellite receivers. Nortel then interconnects the content into their IPTV solution to create a complete, highly competitive IPTV service for the telco's regional market.

The addition of Broadstream to Nortel's IPTV ecosystem brings over 200 channels of IPTV-ready video content that can be transmitted directly to any service provider location in the United States.

"As rural telcos look to offer their customers new IPTV services, a significant hurdle they face is access to a complete media and entertainment content bundle that can effectively compete with today's existing cable and satellite services," said Walt Megura, general manager, Broadband Networks Solutions, Nortel. "By teaming up with Broadstream to leverage their expertise in managed content services, Nortel can offer rural telcos a turnkey IPTV solution that helps enable more rapid and cost-effective introduction of these new revenue-generating services."