PCCW, Allion Join Open IPTV Forum, Bringing Membership Tally to 60

The Open IPTV Forum (OIPF)--an industry group that is attempting to bring together telcos, consumer electronics manufacturers, and network infrastructure providers, in order to develop specifications for an open, end-to-end solution that will facilitate development and deployment of interactive, personalized IPTV services (note: the organization, whose founding members include Ericsson, FT Group, Nokia Siemens, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sony and Telecom Italia, recently published the Architecture Specification for IPTV infrastructure elements and services to be included in Release 2 of its OIPF Specifications--see the article published on itvt.com, September 8th--and also recently published the Profiles specification for its Release 1 IPTV Solution--see the article published on itvt.com, October 11th; in addition, it held its first interop event last month--see the article published on itvt.com, November 24th)--announced Monday that Hong Kong telco, PCCW, and independent testing organization, Allion Test Labs, have joined it, bringing its membership to 60. The organization claims that the addition of two high-profile Asian entities is a sign of "continued growth in both awareness and relevance of the Forum's activities in such an important region."

PCCW offers quad-play services, including now TV, which is one of the world's largest commercial IPTV deployments and Hong Kong's largest pay-TV platform. Allion, meanwhile, which is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, offers integrated testing services for computers, mobile devices, and consumer electronics. It claims to be the world's largest logo compliance test center. "As PCCW has been a very important player in the IPTV business for some time, we have sought to join the Open IPTV Forum in order to align ourselves with their specifications and ultimately migrate the non-aligned parts of our existing home-grown platform to those standards," PCCW CTO, Paul Berriman, said in a prepared statement. "We self-developed the present IPTV platform at a time when alternative platforms or standards did not exist, but we do believe in standards going forward as it will enable us to use more off-the-shelf elements in future. We also believe that with the experience gained as one of the earliest and largest deployments of IPTV, we can also contribute significantly to the development of future standards."

At the IPTV Asia event in Hong Kong this week (December 1st and 2nd), the Open IPTV Forum says that two of its member companies--Ericsson and Netgem--will demo solutions in its booth that are based on elements of the OIPF Release 1 specifications. The organization says that PCCW will also be demo'ing its services in its booth.

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