Alcatel to accelerate IPTV

Alcatel aims to use this year’s show to wow visitors with its latest solutions, with its Internet Protocol Television earmarked for a key role. Alcatel recently signed a global agreement with Microsoft designed to accelerate the availability of IPTV services for broadband operators. Alcatel and Microsoft expect the agreement to expand the nascent IPTV business.

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By  Gitex Times Staff Published  August 31, 2005

Alcatel aims to use this year’s show to wow visitors with its latest solutions, with its Internet Protocol Television earmarked for a key role. Alcatel recently signed a global agreement with Microsoft designed to accelerate the availability of IPTV services for broadband operators. Alcatel and Microsoft expect the agreement to expand the nascent IPTV business. “Consumers around the world can benefit from receiving unique, personalised services through multiple devices, including the TV,” says Hesham El-Nahhas, regional director for Alcatel enterprise sales. Alcatel will also demonstrate video streaming, by showing a solution that allows mobile operators to provide its GPRS subscribers with access to trailers, video clips or live events. For the enterprise market, Alcatel will focus on the vision of user-centric communication. “We believe that user-centric interactions bring together people, processes and technology. We will be showing how to use infrastructure, IP telephony and applications in easing communication chaos,” says El-Nahhas. Alcatel sees Gitex as an ideal platform for two key reasons. The first is that it is seeking to educate users of its ongoing strategic shift from a traditional role as a carrier equipment supplier to that of a communications solutions provider. El-Nahhas also says the telecom sector has seen more changes in the past eight years than in the industry’s previous century, highlighting the need to demonstrate changing technology and bring companies closer to the end user. Alcatel will again partner with Al Futtaim Technologies for Gitex. The Middle East region has traditionally been a key region for Alcatel, with the political instability of 2003 having a negative effect on its business. “However, we saw significant improvement in our 2004 figures and expect to see even more progress in 2005, thus giving us the chance to restore the important role the region plays in the overall results of the company,” says El-Nahhas.

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