Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Italy's Wind Launches IPTV with Alcatel-Lucent, Microsoft

Wind, a leading Italian telecommunications company, has launched a nationwide commercial IPTV offering based on Alcatel-Lucent's solutions and the Microsoft Mediaroom Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) and multimedia platform. The launch represents an important milestone in the multi-year frame agreement under which Alcatel-Lucent has been deploying its Triple Play Service Delivery Architecture (TPSDA) and is the end-to-end network integrator. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Wind's IPTV service is available to more than 2 million households in its first phase and offers an enhanced triple play user experience by enabling user-friendly features like instant channel change, multiple picture-in-picture, personal video recorder (PVR) functionality and video on demand (VoD).

Alcatel-Lucent's IPTV solution includes an IP/MPLS network infrastructure based on its 7750 Service Router (SR), combined with integration and implementation expertise. More specifically, the deployment includes:

  • VoIP services: an overlay IP network, based on the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 SR, was deployed to enable the seamless transition of Wind's TDM network to IP;

  • High speed Internet Services (HSI): Alcatel-Lucent has provided turnkey rollout of HIS, leveraging the simplified operation and architecture of ADSL;

  • IPTV services: Alcatel-Lucent has been responsible for introducing the network's triple play IPTV services using the Microsoft Mediaroom platform;

  • Full OSS/BSS (Operations and Business Support System) integration with existing Wind systems; and

  • Global network of P Transformation Centers (IPTCs): Field-proven expertise in end-to-end IP-based network, services and OSS/BSS re-engineering and integration using products from Alcatel-Lucent and a variety of strategic partners.

Alcatel-Lucent noted that it has now deployed close to 50 IPTV network integration projects around the world based on its Triple Play Service Delivery Architecture (TPSDA).

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