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August 07, 2007

Sumitomo Electric Networks Licenses Additional Espial IPTV App

By Spencer D. Chin, TMCnet Web Editor

Espial (News - Alert) continues to gain traction in the IPTV market. The IPTV middleware and applications provider’s latest success was the announcement that Sumitomo Electric (News - Alert) Networks Inc., a leading supplier of broadband access equipment in Japan, has licensed an additional application of Espial's Evo IPTV Service Platform for use with Sumitomo's IPTV (News - Alert) set-top boxes (STBs).
This add-on client functionality builds on previously licensed modules including Evo Browser and Adobe Flash Plug-In. Sumitomo has reportedly shipped more than 250,000 set-top boxes with licensed Espial software to leading Japanese service providers, widely known to include NTT Group.
Sumitomo Electric Networks is highly regarded for providing high-performing set-top boxes and broadband solutions and is currently the largest supplier of set-top boxes to NTT Group in Japan.

The Evo application, which cannot be disclosed due to customer confidentiality reasons, is helping more Japanese service providers deploy next generation digital TV functionality, as IPTV continues to gain ground in Japan.

"Sumitomo's licensing of this new Evo application broadens our partnership and improves our opportunities in the Japanese market," said Jaison Dolvane, Espial president and CEO, in a statement. "It is an honor that Sumitomo has relied on Espial again to provide additional capabilities to address these evolving requirements. We look forward to working with Sumitomo to complete the integration phase and target next generation IPTV opportunities in Japan."

"Espial's Evo architecture is open and modular, which helps us seamlessly integrate this functionality into our set-top box and reduce our time to market," said Hiroaki Nishimoto, general manager, Content Delivery Networks, Sumitomo Electric Networks Inc. "Espial has been a strong partner for us and we will continue to work closely with Espial to focus on next generation IPTV requirements in Japan."

Evo has been a strong performer for Espial. Earlier this year, Espial announced that the popular IPTV middleware platform has been adopted by 1 million subscribers.
Spencer Chin is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.
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