MRG announces new leaders in its Global IPTV Market Leaders Report

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009
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SAN JOSE, CA — MRG Multimedia Research Group Inc. announces new leaders in the Global IPTV Market Leaders Report — October 2009 (MLR), which tracks the top 120 IPTV vendors in 24 regional sectors based on the installed base of 6 video systems products in over 800 IPTV Operations. Over 80 new Operators have begun IPTV since March 2009, most of those in North America, Europe and the Rest of World regions, totaling over 800 IPTV Operators worldwide.

Several large companies, and a few smaller ones, continue to consolidate their leading market positions, including Alcatel-Lucent, Motorola, Verimatrix, Viaccess, Microsoft, Ericsson/TANDBERG and others.

In the IPTV Access sector, Alcatel-Lucent (A-L) breaks the record by acquiring 51% share of the worldwide (Access) market, while maintaining its #1 market ranking worldwide for several years. Also furthering its strength as a System Integrator (SI) is A-L’s dominant #2 position in the Middleware sector, in addition to its continued success as IPTV System Integrator for AT&T.

In the Content Security sector, Verimatrix retains its #1 global market ranking, enjoying a 26% share of the global market, up 2% since March 2009. With solid leadership positions in all 4 of the regional markets, Verimatrix continues to light the pathway for other smaller vendors wanting to succeed in their product category.

In Set-top Boxes, Motorola still dominates the global market, with 28% share globally–a 5% increase since March 2009–followed by smaller and highly aggressive companies like Amino, Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) and Netgem. Over 25 companies continue to compete in this high-stakes market, which often represents over 60% of CapEx for IPTV operations.

In Video Headend Encoders, Motorola also maintains its #1 global ranking with 38% share of market; yet Ericsson/TANDBERG, with a strong second showing of 34% (up 3% from March 2009) is closing the gap on Motorola in this hotly contested sector where the top 5 vendors hold about 94% of the global share, leaving only 6% to the 6 other competitors.

In both the Middleware and Video-on-Demand (VOD) sectors, companies continue to struggle to hold their own against the Microsoft juggernaut. So far, Espial and SeaChange and a few others are seeing some growth based mostly on growth of existing customers.

“Significant growth of China’s IPTV subscribers enabled both Huawei and ZTE to improve their rankings in several sectors,” says Jose Alvear, MRG Analyst. “These grew out of new developments at China Telecom and China Unicom as they expanded into different provinces, often with different configurations of video systems products.”

“Mergers and partnerships will continue to develop as vendors help IPTV Operators develop new converged services and content,” states Gary Schultz, MRG President. “We believe smaller/better/faster technology will enable application developers to exploit the advantages of the IPTV architecture for decades to come.”

For more details or to order the report contact Rob Smith at MRG,, or, telephone 1-408-453-5553 (San Jose, CA, USA). The price of this 89-page (indexed) report is $3,995 USD for a printed copy, and $5,200 USD for a PDF format Departmental License. It is free for subscribers to MRG’s IPTV Tracking Service.