The world of Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) deployments continues to grow and provide triple play services to consumers. These deployments are based on multiple technologies such as passive optical networks (PON), point-to-point Ethernet, digital subscriber line (DSL), and multiservice access platform (MSAP). Furthermore, these deployments provide opportunities and challenges for network equipment hardware and software vendors.
Frost & Sullivan finds that the World IPTV Access Infrastructure Market is poised for solid growth due to the increased activity in fiber roll-outs driven primarily by existing and potential consumer video services that will be best delivered via the IP infrastructure, and the intense competition among communication service providers (CSPs).
The state of IPTV deployment in world markets is focused on two main drivers shaping the market and architectural preferences. The focus is on improvement of the copper to handle triple via DSL and the adoption of fiber to the home (FTTH).
“Video services (initially broadcast and ultimately interactive) are essential for CSPs to retain the status of a preferred CSP of consumer services,” notes Frost & Sullivan’s Communications Infrastructure and Convergence Program Research Analyst Prayerna Raina. “Improvement in copper plant and continued deployment of fiber-to-home is essential to provide these services.”
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Equipment vendors strive to provide a differentiating feature set, work closely with CSPs to enable IPTV roll out, and provide an end-to-end solution from home networking into the core of CSP networks. Another challenge is the requirement of multi-vendor solutions and the ability to pre-integrate solutions. The successful vendors, those who have managed to establish a customer base irrespective of vendor size, are addressing these challenges by participating actively in interoperability events and striking up partnerships that will help meet CSP’s end-to-end requirements in the access network.
“Vendors will continue to face challenges related to providing a seamless migration path while serving up the required bandwidth and providing multiple technologies for access including DSL, Ethernet, and PON. This is coupled with requirements to provide end-to-end solutions for CSPS who continue to deal with unprecedented and unpredictable technology issues in rolling out IPTV,” observes Program Manager for Frost & Sullivan’s Communications Infrastructure and Convergence Program Becky Watson.
Vendors providing solutions to CSP customers must engage with vendor partners to provide end-to-end solutions and provide their clients with pre-integrated solutions in order to bring services to market quickly.
World IPTV Access Infrastructure Market is part of the Communications Infrastructure and Convergence program (CIC), which also includes an in-depth study on the World Video Access Markets. The IPTV Market Insight study will provide forecasts for DSL, Ethernet, PON, and MSAP product types and the top five technology and regional trends. It will also include market share data for each of the product types and brief vendor profiles along with competitive analysis. The World Video Access Markets and the IPTV Market Insight studies will be published in conjunction with a related study, “Maximizing Network Capacity with Switched Digital Video.”
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