Thursday, May 24, 2007

Chunghwa to use Microsoft IPTV

Chunghwa Telecom, the incumbent carrier in Taiwan, has joined with Microsoft in a broad agreement that will include using Microsoft IPTV Edition software. No date was announced when Chunghwa will convert from its Alcatel software that it is currently using to the Microsoft software. The two companies plan for Microsoft's IPTV Edition software to become the core of Chunghwa's Digital Life strategy that will include TV services, on line gaming, and home offices services. These services will be delivered over fiber and DSL services.

Chunghwa also plans to use Microsoft software to provide CRM, ERP, and other business services to small and medium sized enterprises. Chunghwa will also use Microsoft software to help manage its networks.

Chunghwa has had quite a history of IPTV middleware packages. It started with Orca, which took it from zero to about 40 thousand subscribers. It then switched to Alcatel's middleware a bit before the Microsoft alliance was announced. Alcatel software has taken Chunghwa up to nearly 300 thousand IPTV subscribers. It will use Microsoft to take it to the next step.

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