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Microsoft’s IPTV effort has received another set-back. A few weeks after Swisscom, an early Microsoft IPTV adopter delayed its IPTV plans because of technical issues, Australian incumbent, Telstra announced that it was not going to be taking part in trials with Microsoft. Australian telecom giant, Telstra […]

Microsoft’s IPTV effort has received another set-back. A few weeks after Swisscom, an early Microsoft IPTV adopter delayed its IPTV plans because of technical issues, Australian incumbent, Telstra announced that it was not going to be taking part in trials with Microsoft. Australian telecom giant, Telstra says that it is dropping out of an IPTV trial with Microsoft. Telstra spokesman, Warwick Ponder, told the Wall Street Journal that “the decision had nothing to do with Microsoft’s technology, the spokesman didn’t rule out the possibility that Telstra would consider other vendors when it decides to move forward with television service.” Corporate double speak… don’t you think!

Microsoft is not discouraged and says it has a lot of customers, a list that is supposedly an envy of the entire industry. Take NZ Telecom for instance SBC, one of the most public backers of Microsoft IPTV made soothing noises and told the Journal that SBC wasn’t too concerned. Not yet? For SBC IPTV has been delayed by a few months. SBC says its plans are very different from the plans of Swisscom, and technical problems in Switzerland are different. Many believe that scalability is a big concern for most phone operators. Folks who are knowledgeable in this arena are quick to point out that none of the current IPTV deployments across the planet match the scale and ambition of US Bells. We will have to wait and how IPTV performs in such large numbers, as those outlined by SBC. (Also, Is Microsoft IPTV’s Weak Link?)

Meanwhile, folks at Siemens could not be happier, and have just announced a deal with Dutch telecom giant, KPN. KPN plans to introduce digital television over its DSL network for the first time during the course of this year, using the provisional designation “IP TV.” Siemens, telecom insiders believe, is in line to pick up the pieces if things don’t work out with Microsoft. They recently bought out Myrio, a company that had a little while ago. Alcatel, anyway has decided to bowout, hoping to make all its dollars from integration work.

  1. What is Microsoft doing getting involved in IPTV business. IIt made billions of dollars monoplizing the Software Business. After having lost against the United Staes and State Governments monoply suit it got busy settling with Companies that accused it of Monoply. Microsoft paid huge amounts of settlements. It even settled with an inventor whose Patent infringement case against Microsoft had been pending for years.

    Now Microsoft is looking to get World Telecom companies involved in contributing to the Microsoft wealth because the world is after it in the Computer operating systems. Linux is taking away chunks of its business. I’ll confess it’s unfair that people will switch to Linux only to drive Microsoft out of Windows operating system Business.

    But for World Telecoms to join Microsoft in getting the consumers to start spending in a field different from the cellular phone service business is outrageous.

    These Telecoms are, probably the only companies that make money in the cellular phone service business. I know it for a fact that Cellular phone manufacturers are loosing havily selling their cell phones because their customers are these World Telecoms that sell Cell phone service to their customers. These telecoms buy the Cell phones at rock bottom prices so that they can give them away to their cell phone service subscribers at rock bottom prices. These Phone manufacturers are getting wiser and manufacturing high end cellular hand held devices and ofsetting some of their cell phone losses by selling these highend phones.

    But the highend phone business of these Phone Makers is growing at a very low rate.But the Telecoms are branching out to join Microsoft to offer different services to their cell Phone services subscribers that number in several tens of millions. These subscribers should be very wary of the intentions of these Telecom companies and not subscribe to every service offered by these telecom Companies.

    One of the services, that is offered by these Telecoms is wireless Internet Service. That is a fraud. Total fraud since these telecom companies have not explored efforts to create a truly wireless service that can be delivered via the cell phones that are owned by their cell phone owners. Presently these cell phone owners have to buy the Laptops that have to be equipped with 802.11 chips or their owners have to have a wireless card and the Laptops have to be taken to Wi-Fi hot spots that are created by these Worldwide Telecom the worldover.

    Instead of getting into the Wi-Fi business these telecoms should invest in my efforts to create an Internet service that can be accessed by the owners of the Cell Phones through the use of these cell Phones.

    I’ve written in my several messages that the wireless internet service can be delivered through the cell phones by redeveloping an Internet Infrastructure that is server based which means that the clients (cell phones) no longer will have to process the data or the files and documents received from the servers but instead will only send the internet surfing commands to the remote servers owned by others
    like the Internet Service Providers.

    Instead of spending hundreds of millions of dollars to conduct IPTV trials with Microsoft I ask the Telecoms to donate a few million Dollrs to me to develop my Browser and Infrastructure. Even the Cell phone Manufacturers will be beneficiaries of my Infrastructure and the new and Unique Browser and the cell phone business of ttheir manufacturers will grow exponentially if my Internet iInfrastructure is developed. So I Invite each of the phone manufacturers to donate a few million dollars to me for the purpose of developing my browser and infrastructure.

    My iemail address is newerawisp@rediffmail.com in case the telecoms and cell phone manufacturers want to donate some capital toward my efforts to change the way Internet Service is delivered.

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  2. [...] r its IPTV A lot of noise around Microsoft losing traction at Telstra this morning, including my own summation of events. Ed Graczyk, director of market [...]

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