Consolidation changing landscape of IPTV vendors, says researcher

January 16, 2007

A spate of corporate acquisitions is redrawing the competitive landscape in the world of IPTV and telco TV, with far-reaching consequences for all parts of the IP video ecosystem, according to a new study from ABI Research.

The report, "Telco Video Infrastructure: Analysis of IP Video Encoders, Servers and Other Headend Equipment in Telecom Networks," identifies the major factors accountable for the shifting IPTV terrain as large companies acquire smaller companies.

According to ABI Research principal analyst Michael Arden, the pool of independent IPTV solutions vendors continues to shrink, creating a market gap that will affect smaller telecom operators.

The industry is seeing a shift in market clout toward the large vendor that can provide everything, as opposed to going with "best of breed" from a number of small vendors.

While that bolsters the position of companies such as Motorola and Alcatel, which can increasingly offer end-to-end IPTV solutions, it removes companies that had addressed the needs of medium-to-small operators, he said.

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