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Top Stories of the Week - January 14, 2012

Europe edges out Asia in IPTV as networks show strong growth

Broadband and IPTV have shown a significant surge in growth in Q3-2011 to more than 581 million subscriptions with more additions in the quarter than at any time since early 2009. The figures published by the Broadband Forum by Point Topic also point to the growing importance of fiber as FTTH and hybrid FTTx deployments increase. Such a growth in connectivity has boosted the TV industry considerably with IPTV approaching 55 million subscribers as Europe holds on to top regional position against strong growth out of Asia. Overall broadband growth during the quarter was calculated to be 17.4 million lines, bringing the global total to 581.3 million, representing a quarterly increase of 3.08% and an annual growth rate of 12.89%.

Accedo partners with Verimatrix on OTT delivery play

As web services become more easily available through Smart TV and mobile devices, enabling operators to enhance their service offering with interactive services, digital rights management issues are becoming more multifaceted and more important to operators and content owners.

Two companies that have been in the thick of things, IPTV application specialist Accedo and content security company Verimatrix are joining together to enable the delivery of over-the-top video applications. Sweden-based Accedo is embedding Verimatrix' Video Content Authority System for Internet TV, providing DRM for special OTT services. The companies said the combination of Accedo's user interfaces with Verimatrix security will help accelerate the penetration and business potential of multi-screen services for operators.

Ooma's free VoIP calling system gets flashier new handset option, the HD2

Ooma, the VoIP provider behind the popular free IP home phone service, just got a little better. The company released the Ooma HD2, a new US$59.99 cordless handset that is designed to work with its existing Telo box, which is the heart of the Ooma system. The company said the handset offers better "HD Voice" call clarity and offers smartphone features "made possible by the Ooma cloud-enabled platform."

T-Mobile CEO Says Network's iPhone Status "Up To Apple"

If you are still caught up in that whole “no-iPhone-on-T-Mobile”deal, your wait will likely end sometime later this year. The beleaguered carrier’s CEO, Philipp Humm, recently talked with the media, discussing T-Mobile’s iPhone holdups as he holds out hope for a 2012 resolution. The key reason we did not have the iPhone in the past is we are on different band than globally the market was. That is something which will change over time. Chipsets are also evolving to be able to allow for more bands.

ChinaTelecom to Buy Network Access in Britain

Virtual mobile network operators who buy and resell calling, text and Internet services from actual network operators may have come and gone.

Nevertheless, China Telecom, the Chinese equivalent of the former Ma Bell in the US or BT in UK, said this month that it would introduce a similar service in Britain.

By the end of March, the company stated, it plans to sell prepaid calling, text and data service to 600,000 Chinese living in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as the 600,000 who visit Britain each year.