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Alcatel in talks with Indian telcos

IPTV solutions which will enable customers to enjoy voice, video and internet on the TV sets.

india Updated: Apr 08, 2006 11:21 IST

French telecom equipment maker Alcatel is in talks with Indian telecom service providers to sell its Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) solutions, which will enable their customers to enjoy voice, video and internet on the TV sets.

"We are in conversation with the service providers but no specific details could be given at this point," Alcatel VP & head sales, India, Anuj Kapoor told PTI on the sidelines of an IPTV seminar.

Almost all service providers, including BSNL and MTNL, are in various process of pilot or otherwise on IPTV deployment which could be a major source of income for them.

The French major already has a partnership with Microsoft. The Microsoft TV IPTV Edition provides integrated hardware, software, pre-tested in Alcatel Labs to deliver a comprehensive platform. Together, the Microsoft TV IPTV Edition and the Alcatel Triple Play Applications (Voice, video and data) provide a pre-integrated IPTV solution.

Some projections say by the end of this decade 25.9 million subscribers will generate $10 billon revenue.

IPTV will change the way Indians have been watching TV. With key advantages over the current cable and satellite TV technologies, IPTV can be bundled with other services like Video-On-Demand, Voice over IP, digital phone or web access collectively called as Triple Play.

The broadband service provider goes to the customer premise who has to tie up with content provider like broadcasters, movie and music companies, equipment providers

IPTV is providing Triple Play -- voice, video and data on broadband network like DSL, which till now are being used to give internet access to users. MORE

First Published: Apr 07, 2006 17:41 IST