ALSO NOTED: Nortel CEO to invest in IPTV; EGT gets $8.5M in funding; and much more...

> Among other growth strategies, Nortel CEO Mike Zafirovski wants to invest in IPTV, IMS and WiMAX. Webcast | Article

> Siemens Home and Office Communication Devices (Siemens SHC) is now licensing Galio Client from ANT, a provider of middleware software, to deliver TV services across a range of Siemens SHC devices worldwide. But Siemens already owns a middleware vendor, Myrio. Release

> Swedish utility company Varberg Energi selected European Latens, a supplier of software based conditional access IPTV and Pay-TV, to provide Foundation CAS content and revenue protection for its IPTV services. Release (.pdf)

> Infonetics reports that competitive pressures, rising broadband traffic and IPTV opportunities attributed to the growth of long haul WDM equipment, which was up 32 percent in 2005 from 2004. Release

> IPTV set-top box (STB) supplier Amino partnered with Trimedia Broadcast to provide an end-to-end system for corporate IPTV to install an internal communications system sans incompatibilities. Using the AmiNET family of IPTV STBs, Trimedia has already secured a number of deployments, including a bespoke in-house IPTV service for Discovery Networks Europe. Release

> Kasenna draws on reseller and integrator Thunderworx's existing relationship with Cypriot teleco Primetel to deploy its IPTV solution. Primetel will provide an IPTV-based VOD service for home subscribers in 2006. Release

> TANDBERG Television works with Siemens to provide MPEG-4 AVC video compression for Shanghai Telecom's IPTV. Tandberg also revealed that it provided  MPEG-2 video compression to NBC to cover the 2006 Winter Olympics from Torino, Italy. Release

> Brasil Telecom will launch Internet TV services in the third quarter of 2006 providing VOD and electronic gaming. The telco has received proposals from six providers wishing to partner with it in delivering IPTV. Abstract

> EGT has completed a third round of funding of $8.5 million from Noro-Moseley Partners, H.I.G. Capital, Sevin Rosen Funds and others to speed new product delivery for IPTV. Release

> With Multidimensional Ethernet and a new BlackDiamond 12K switch, Extreme Networks helps carriers deliver IPTV and VoIP, with improvements in QoS and subscriber scaling. The switch has been deployed at TelstraClear. Release

> Telstra completed Winter Olympic program delivery for Seven Network over a Scientific-Atlanta system, connecting Torino, Italy, with Melbourne. Release

> Austria-based Telesystem Tirol has deployed BigBand's BMR (Broadband Multimedia-service Router) for headend-based processing and control of its digital TV offerings for handling the processing, management and delivery of digital video. With this installation, BigBand Networks' customers in Europe have increased. Release

> Soon-to-launch Aussie IPTV service provider Reeltime expects to raise $4 million through the issue of 20 million, 20 cent shares. Article

> The Chinese government's three IPTV principles intend to neither have Chinese IPTV standards submit to a foreign one, nor to have it monopolized by a single party within the domestic market. Article

> Soon after rolling its solution at Belgacom, SupportSoft is now supporting BellSouth. Release

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