IBM has announced plans to build IPTV infrastructures for service providers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa who want to offer IPTV as well as data and voice services. The offering, called "Converged Communications for IPTV service," makes use of both IBM gear as well as Cisco's Scientific Atlanta video systems. IBM will contribute consultancy and other services to help the SPs pull the services together. The company also mentioned that it would help service providers buy into IPTV through its IBM Global Financing arm. One of the first deals the vendor announced was with Danish ISP, Dansk Bredband, which makes use of gear from both IBM and Cisco for its new TV service--it's already winning it new subscribers.
For more on IBM's EMEA IPTV entrance:
- check out this article from The Register