MRG Releases September 2007 Global IPTV Market Leaders Report

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007 
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SAN JOSE, CA — MRG, Inc announces the “IPTV Market Leaders Report – September 2007,” which tracks the top 120 IPTV vendors in 24 regional sub-sectors based on their installed base for 6 product areas in over 600 IPTV Operations and 8 million subscribers worldwide.

“It’s far too early to call the IPTV market ‘mature,'” says Len Feldman, Director of IPTV Analysis for MRG, “but the industry is definitely becoming less volatile. In our last February ’07 Report, 50% of the Number-One companies changed; but in this one, less than 20% of the Number-Ones changed.” Yet, some volatility continues due to large increases in subscriptions (as seen at Verzion, France Telecom, Neuf Cegetel, Belgacom and Telefónica), and growing influence of Chinese vendors like Huawei, ZTE, and UTStarcom.

Another important shift is Alcatel-Lucent’s Number One global position in Middleware which is based on its own (non-Microsoft) Middleware products. First-place industry leaders are expanding their lead, as illustrated by large companies like Motorola and Alcatel-Lucent.

Yet, there is room for small companies in most product areas, due to large regional and local variations in market demands, as illustrated by small companies such as Verimatrix and Kasenna, each of them global leaders. The report also anticipates growth potential that can be very important to small companies with installations in high-growth operations like China Netcom or Belgacom.

The Number-One companies for top share-of-market in the six global IPTV categories are:

Access: Alcatel-Lucent
Video Headend: Motorola
Middleware: Alcatel-Lucent
Video-On-Demand: Kasenna
Set-top Boxes: Motorola
Content Protection/ Digital Rights Management: Verimatrix

“This report provides unmatched granularity in the market niches and nuances that really count the most. The positioning and strategies within the regional sectors is where most companies are targeting their energies,” states Gary Schultz, MRG President. “This report is a superb navigation tool for smart companies in a crowded market.”

For a complete listing of the top companies in each of the 24 sub-sectors, see this link: http://www.mrgco.com/TOC_IPTV_MLR0907.html

For more information about the report or to order a Corporte License, contact Rob Smith at MRG, [email protected] Or, telephone 1-408-453-5553 (San Jose, CA, USA). The price of this 71-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 the IPTV Tracking Service.