Nortel Demos IPTV via WiMAX

Nortel demonstrated real-time, multimedia IPTV and IMS (IP-multimedia-subsystem) services over a high-speed fourth-generation WiMAX network at the WiMAX World trade show in Boston Tuesday.

The vendor ran IPTV service with an integrated electronic program guide over a live high-speed 4-megabit-per-second WiMAX connection, with users also being able to share instant messaging and pictures captured on screen or from other devices with other viewers.

Nortel said the demonstration also showed click-to-call capability, enabling viewers to make voice-over-IP calls using IMS.

“This demonstration is an impressive accomplishment because it illustrates the potential of delivering advanced broadband services over a cost-effective WiMAX connection and delivering a communications experience that is tailored to the user’s individual likes and preferences," The Yankee Group vice president Phil Marshall said in a prepared statement.

"This would be an ideal deployment option for a service provider wanting to offer traditional communications services like voice along with high-quality, bandwidth-intensive services like video to underdeveloped regions and sparsely populated areas where traditional cable and DSL [digital-subscriber-line] connections are not available,” he added.