Motorola set-tops ranked tops for IPTV, MRG Research says

If--or more likely when--Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) casts off its Motorola Mobility hardware unit, someone will get the leading provider of IPTV set-top boxes, according to the latest statistics from Multimedia Research Group's (MRG) recently issued "IPTV Market Leader Report."

The report listed Google/Motorola as the leader in the set-top box category and in North America. Other vendors reaching the top level are Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) (Access); Harmonic (video headend); Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) (VOD and middleware); and Verimatrix (CP/DRM).

Huawei, while not a leader in any specific category, is credited as "gaining traction in Middle East/Africa" where "most of the changes taking place in leadership for the IPTV market are happening," an MRG news release said.

The report tracks more than 60 vendors and 900 IPTV service providers to examine trends within an IPTV space that is "continuing its rapid growth worldwide" with "some of the more exciting opportunities only just beginning in the Middle East/Africa and Latin American/Caribbean regions," said Jose Alvear, senior research analyst at MRG.

"While the growth in the number of new IPTV service providers has been slowing down because telcos around the world have already deployed IPTV services for a number of years, there are still plenty of new opportunities available to vendors in emerging markets," Alvear concluded.

For more:
- Multimedia Research Group (MRG) issued this news release

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