CHICAGO — June 7, 2005 — At SUPERCOMM 2005, the world’s premier annual exhibition and conference for communications service providers and private network managers, Microsoft Corp. will demonstrate continued momentum in delivering software and services designed to help telecommunications providers generate new revenue, increase efficiencies and reduce operational costs as they roll out triple-play (voice, video and data) services. Underscoring this momentum, Microsoft today announced collaborations for its Microsoft® TV Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) Edition software platform; introduced new technology alliances designed to integrate voice over IP (VoIP) capabilities and operations support systems and business support systems (OSS/BSS) interfaces into its solution portfolio; and is demonstrating MSN® TV interactive services developed for the IPTV platform that deliver a comprehensive and differentiated solution for telecommunication providers.
Microsoft TV Announces New IPTV Trial and Expands IPTV Ecosystem
T-Online France, the French subsidiary of T-Online International, announced that it has selected the Microsoft TV IPTV Edition software platform to run trials of next-generation television for its pilot project of triple-play services in France. T-Online France is one of the major network operators in France and one of the leading service providers to publicly announce its commitment to run trials of or deploy Microsoft TV IPTV Edition.
In separate press releases, the Microsoft TV division also announced that it has expanded its ecosystem of IPTV partners by adding set-top box manufacturers and encoding solutions partners to the world-class collection of technology companies working with Microsoft TV on IPTV.
At SUPERCOMM, Microsoft is demonstrating the award-winning IPTV Edition software platform along with integrated solutions from multiple IPTV partners, including its preferred network access equipment and systems integrator, Alcatel. New IPTV Edition functionalities on display include these:
Support for new games
Multiple picture-in-picture services
Customized channel lineups
“Microsoft is experiencing incredible momentum in the nascent IPTV market, from the addition of T-Online France to our significant roster of leading network operators to the continued expansion of our world-class ecosystem of technology partners,” said Moshe Lichtman, corporate vice president of the Microsoft TV division. “As a result of this continued progress, we expect to bring on a new wave of video innovation for the telecommunications industry that enables service providers not only to offer the video component of the triple play to their customers, but also to deliver a much better digital TV experience than conventional distribution platforms.”
Communications Sector Offers Carriers the FullRange of Microsoft Solutions
Microsoft Communications Sector provides a portfolio of innovative software-based solutions that enable operators to deliver a range of services over Internet Protocol, or SoIP, including data, video and voice. At this week’s exhibition, Microsoft Communications Sector is showcasing solutions including Microsoft Connected Services Framework, through which providers can aggregate, provision and manage converged communications services, and the Microsoft Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration, which also features integrated VoIP features from Sylantro Systems Corp.
“We have arrived at a very exciting time for the telecommunications industry, and are at last seeing true convergence between the network and application worlds,” said Michael O’Hara, general manager of the service provider business for the Communications Sector at Microsoft. “The broadband infrastructure that is now in place allows service providers to offer a wide range of compelling services and applications over their IP networks. At Microsoft, we are completely committed to helping providers build the software-powered service networks that will help them create new revenue opportunities and enhance the customer experience.”
Experiencing MSN TV Offerings at SUPERCOMM
At SUPERCOMM, the MSN TV Division of Microsoft will discuss and highlight the comprehensive set of information and communication services for IPTV deployments it is developing. The new MSN technology will offer telecoms a wide range of MSN services for IPTV platforms, including the Microsoft TV platform. In addition, MSN TV will demonstrate its MSN Mobile Remote Record technology, which lets consumers command their Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005-based PCs to record a specific TV show or program via a mobile phone or Pocket PC. MSN TV initially developed the first generation of Mobile Remote Record
technology for Microsoft’s Windows XP Media Center Edition platform. However, the technology is also an example of the type of TV software service MSN TV is actively developing for telecoms’ IPTV platforms.
“MSN TV has many years of experience developing MSN and Internet services for a 10-foot television experience,” said Sam Klepper, general manager of MSN TV at Microsoft. “We welcome the opportunity to develop these services for a wide range of IPTV platforms and devices.”
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