ABI Research Identifies Top Telco -TV Server Vendors

The entry of incumbent telcos as video service providers will trigger a ramp-up in telco deployment of equipment to support video services.

Oyster Bay, NY - February 17, 2005 - The entry of incumbent telcos as video service providers will trigger a ramp -up in telco deployment of equipment to support video services.

ABI Research's study, "Telco TV Infrastructure & Service Integrator Opportunities" examines the trends, market values, and penetration of the emerging medium of Telco TV, the infrastructure enabling it, and the main vendors in the space.

A prerequisite for any video -on -demand service is the server needed to receive orders, process them, and deliver the product to the consumer. As it has done with other markets, ABI Research has prepared an interactive Vendor Matrix, included in the study, which evaluates the major vendors in the space on the complementary parameters of "innovation" and "implementation".

Today, the firm announces the names of the server vendors that - - for the time being - - clinch the top three rankings, on averaged scores for both parameters.

According to analyst Michael Arden, "ICTV is number one: they have announced deployments that are significant, and they appear to have an aggressive sales force that is doing a good job. Their ICTV technology isn't as good as the runner -up's, but they hit all of the main requirements of a VOD system, and their product scales well to provide a cost -effective solution to any size service provider."

nCUBE claims the number two rating. The company has a strong record in the CATV industry and should be able to draw on past customers for future sales. It also has a proven technology, giving it a strong score on the Innovation side of the equation.

Microsoft ranks number three. It has the benefit of the brand name and a huge sales organization. "Their technology/innovation aspect is not as proven, because they are new to the market," says Arden "However, they have announced some big customers and are teamed up with strong companies, so their future in the market is promising."

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