Sunday, April 6, 2008


I was at the ZTE analyst meeting in Shenzhen, China on March 25 and 26. ZTE was quite serious about its telco IPTV system. It offers an open system that combines ZTE and third party components, including:
  • Headends from Tut Systems (now part of Motorola), Optibase, Tandberg TV, envivio, and Thomson
  • Video On Demand Servers from ZTE
  • Middleware from ZTE
  • Content Security from ZTE, Irdeto and Verimatrix
  • Set-top boxes from ZTE, Sunniwell, and Yuxing
ZTE stated that its systems are in more than 20 deployments and trials and are currently supporting one million telco IPTV subscribers, including
  • China (with 50 percent market share according to ZTE's numbers)
  • Free Internet, Thailand
  • VNPT Vietnam
  • Belorussian Telecom
  • Progroup, Estonia
  • STC, Saudi Arabia
  • Emcali, Columbia
  • CanTV, Venezuela
ZTE's basic business strategy is to focus on developing countries, especially China and India. This is a good strategy, since this is where the new opportunities are coming from.

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