Interoperability dogs IPTV service providers

Infonetics Research has reported that a growing number of telcos worldwide are deploying IPTV, and are being troubled by interoperability problems.

“IPTV is the application many service providers feel offers them the best opportunity to stem the loss of revenue from declining fixed access lines, and help them to more quickly recoup revenue from their ongoing fiber deployments. Yet, there are significant hurdles faced by IPTV and video providers, and chief among them is interoperability. Various standards organisations are developing IPTV standards but all are in various stages of completion and adoption. Until the majority of vendors agree to rally around a particular group of standards, interoperability will remain a critical problem for would-be IPTV providers,” said Jeff Heynen, directing analyst for IPTV and next gen OSS and BSS at Infonetics Research.

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