second meeting of the IPTV Focus Group (FG IPTV) seeing a record number of participants and
contributions, experts have declared satisfaction that work towards a set of
standards for IPTV is well on track.
A recent report from industry
analyst Gartner says that the number of households around the world subscribing
to IPTV services offered by telecom carriers will reach 48.8 million in 2010. Buoyed
by new service launches, IPTV subscribers will more than double in 2007 from an
expected 6.4 million in 2006 to 13.3 million according to Gartner.
agree that it is imperative that standards needs are met if these impressive
figures are to be achieved.
achievement at the FG IPTV meeting in Korea was progress towards an
standardized IPTV architecture: The group agreed that IPTV architecture shall
allow for both NGN and non-NGN approaches to IPTV, and within the NGN-approach,
include both IMS and non-IMS based approaches.
Koleyni, chair of the group: “I am particularly happy that we have achieved so
much progress in Working Group 1 (service requirements and architecture). The
level of participation in this group is growing and progress is overall good. But
requirements and architecture are of such fundamental importance that getting a
fix on these points, at this stage, is very satisfying. In order to gain
momentum here we will convene an electronic meeting looking specifically at
requirements and architecture, 18-21 December.”
The Korea meeting
agreed on the following definition of IPTV: “IPTV is defined as multimedia
services such as television/video/ audio/text/graphics/data delivered over IP
based networks managed to provide the required level of QoS/QoE, security,
interactivity and reliability.”
face-to-face meeting of the FG IPTV is scheduled for 22-26 January 2007 at the
Microsoft facilities , Mountain View, California, USA
(Silicon Valley) at the kind invitation of Alliance for Telecommunications Industry
IPTV meeting was preceded by an ITU-T workshop. The event
attended by over 400 and held in Seoul
provided a view and examination of IPTV standardization, political and regulatory
aspects, business models and various case studies as well as technical
developments and service provider’s operational aspects. A roundtable
discussion at the event concluded that global standardisation and
interoperability are key for further development of IPTV worldwide. Other
issues that might be further discussed at an international level, according to
the roundtable’s twenty participants, include digital rights management (DRM).