Microsoft selected for BT IPTV

29 Jun 2005

UK fixed line behemoth BT Group has selected Microsoft to provide the software platform for its broadband TV service, scheduled for launch in the second half of 2006. Microsoft will begin tests of the service using its Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) Edition software in the first quarter of next year, including standard and high-definition broadcasts, digital video recording and interactive programme guides. BT believes that IPTV will be an essential service offering to promote its forthcoming 21st century network, which will eventually transform its UK PSTN into a complete nationwide IP network. The value of the deal was not disclosed.

Separately, BT has announced the launch of three new Ethernet services this summer: BT GigStream, a low cost, point-to-point Ethernet private circuit service offering speeds of between 250Mbps and 1Gbps; BT EVLAN, a VPLS-based, metro any-to-any Ethernet LAN service; and BT Enterprise Ethernet, a low-cost, lower bandwidth version of its MegaStream offering.

United Kingdom, BT Consumer, BT Group (incl. Openreach)