Deutsche Telekom signs Microsoft for IPTV deal
Deutsche Telekom has formed an alliance with Microsoft for the delivery of IPTV services in Germany. Deutsche Telekom will use Microsoft TV's IPTV Edition software to offer next-generation TV, as well as complementary interactive services and a range of entertainment products over its VDSL broadband network. Microsoft has agreed to support Deutsche Telekom with joint marketing.
Microsoft is providing the same technology to AT&T, which is testing the technology in its FTTx trials in Texas.
Deutsche Telekom is currently rolling out its new, $3.7 billion VDSL broadband network, which is planned to link 10 German cities, including Berlin, by mid-year.
Forty other cities will be connected in the second phase of the roll-out, to be completed in 2008.