Motorola Sees Surge in IPTV Set-Tops

Motorola shipped its 2 millionth Internet Protocol set-top box, less than six months after hitting the 1 million mark, and teamed up with Microsoft to test its video-encoding systems with the software giant’s IPTV platform. 

The equipment vendor cited Swedish telecommunications provider TeliaSonera as having deployed the 2 millionth IP set-top, a VIP1510, as part of a 150,000-unit order. Motorola noted that it recognized a portion of the revenue from the TeliaSonera deal in previous quarters.

Separately, Motorola said it joined the formal interoperability testing program for Microsoft’s Mediaroom IPTV platform. 

Through the Mediaroom Interoperability and Qualification Lab (IQ Lab) program, Motorola verified interoperability and compliance of its SE-5100 High Definition MPEG-4 AVC encoder with Microsoft's IPTV software platform.

“As demand for IPTV continues to grow and markets transition from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 compression technologies, telcos can now have total confidence in the combined Motorola/Microsoft IPTV solution without the need for lengthy evaluation,” Motorola Home and Networks Mobility corporate vice president Doug Means said, in a statement.

Motorola entered the IP set-top business in early 2006, with the acquisition of Swedish manufacturer Kreatel Communications AB. Kreatel's existing customers included TeliaSonera, as well as Spain’s Telefonica and Holland’s KPN.

Other IPTV-related acquisitions by Motorola include Tut Systems, a provider of IP headend equipment, and Modulus Video, a developer of MPEG-4 encoding technologies.