Deutsche Telekom has reached an agreement with Microsoft to deliver IPTV services to consumers across Germany.
The contract will enable the Deutsche Telekom Group to deliver television, complementary interactive services and a range of entertainment products over its VDSL broadband networks. Deutsche Telekom will use the Microsoft TV IPTV Edition software platform to offer these services. Microsoft will support Deutsche Telekom with joint marketing to help develop IPTV in Germany. The agreement reached with Deutsche Telekom is Microsoft’s largest IPTV contract in Europe to date and its second largest worldwide.
The platform will enable customers to receive regular TV programs as well as advanced television services, including SD and HD programs, interactive TV, digital video recording and video on demand. An onDemand Collections feature will allow viewers to access appealing content packages, including selected feature films, TV series or documentaries with the touch of a button.
IPTV services will be delivered through the new VDSL network, which is currently being extended by T-Com. This network is expected to permit bandwidth of up to 50Mb/s and is planned for launch starting mid-2006 in 10 major German cities, including Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne and Munich.