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August 22, 2007

Espial Releases IPTV TCO White Paper

By Greg Galitzine, Group Editorial Director

Espial (News - Alert) Group, Inc., the Ottawa, Canada-based provider of IPTV middleware and applications announced the release of a new white paper today titled The Role of Middleware in Reducing IPTV (News - Alert) Total Cost of Ownership.
Among the findings discussed in the document, it was revealed that the cost of deploying new IPTV services can be reduced by as much as 33% if operators select open, scalable and more flexible middleware.
The white paper analyzes the role that middleware plays in the total cost of ownership (TCO) of an IPTV service and shows that selecting the right next-generation middleware can potentially enable a set-top box (STB) cost savings of up to 39%. Further savings of 35% and 42%, respectively, can be realized on the IPTV middleware itself and related IPTV ecosystem costs depending on the architecture, ecosystem/OSS/BSS components, and data management.
Commenting on the white paper’s release, Brian Mahony, Espial’s Vice President of Marketing, said, “The choice of a next-generation middleware platform, such as Espial’s Evo, plays a major role in reducing an operator’s cost of deploying and maintaining an IPTV service, thereby increasing the return on investment.
“While operators are spending billions on network infrastructure and other IPTV ecosystem components, the right IPTV middleware can be the difference between financial success or failure of the project.”
The report authors caution that the goal of the white paper is not to prove the exact cost savings that Espial’s Evo middleware provides versus all competitors. Instead the authors hope to enlighten the reader and underscore the elements that need to be included in a thorough IPTV TCO analysis, so that informed purchasing and deployment decisions can be made.
The white paper focuses on five areas that are most likely to be affected by the choice of an IPTV middleware solution, namely:
  • STB and cost of STB maintenance, upgrades, and replacement over time;
  • IPTV head-end and ecosystem, and cost to integrate and maintain over time;
  • Cost to acquire and maintain IPTV middleware
  • Service innovation including costs to develop new features, applications and user interfaces; and
  • Network infrastructure required for packaging and delivering IPTV content across the last mile access network to subscribers.
For more information regarding reduced TCO for IPTV, qualified professionals are encouraged to contact the company via e-mail addressed to TCO@espial.com.
Greg Galitzine (News - Alert) is editorial director of TMCnet. To read more of Greg’s articles, please visit his columnist page.
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