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Exclusive: Microsoft leads two global IPTV segments

US firm Multimedia Research Group (MRG) has exclusively given IP&TV News access to some of its latest findings on the global IPTV market, which identifies Microsoft as leader of two separate vendor product categories, and China Telecom as the largest IPTV operator in the world.

Microsoft is named as leader of the global market for IPTV Middleware and Video-on-Demand solutions, while Alcatel-Lucent comes top of the Access segment, Harmonic leads the Video Headend category, Google/Motorola leads the Set-Top Box segment, and Verimatrix leads in terms of Content Protection.

Jose Alvear, Senior Research Analyst at MRG

Jose Alvear, Senior Research Analyst at MRG

“The leaders in each product category were the same from a year ago, when the last Market Leader Report was published, except for Video Headends (VHE) where Harmonic took over from Motorola globally,” comments Jose Alvear, Senior Research Analyst at MRG, via email.

“What we’re seeing is that the leaders are stabilising for the most part because most of the large Tier 1 Telcos around the world have chosen vendors and they are all still experiencing very good IPTV subscriber growth.

“Despite the competition from cable and satellite providers, the threat of cord cutting and a recovering economy, IPTV operators are still faring very well.”

The MRG analyst added that he has seen a lot of growth from China, especially for China Telecom, which he calculates is now the largest IPTV operator in the world with over 12mn subscribers.

“Microsoft is continuing to do well with its Mediaroom but vendors like Huawei and ZTE have been increasing market share and are close behind because of the strong IPTV growth in China.”

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