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* Underlines Ericsson's commitment to being partner of choice for Video
distribution across multiple networks and devices
* Places Ericsson in lead for TV Anywhere consumption
* Ericsson becomes leading player for innovative video distribution with
combined market share of more than 25%
Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has reached an agreement with Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) to
acquire its TV solution Mediaroom business. This will make Ericsson the
provider of IPTV and multi-screen solutions with a market share of over
Closing expected during the second half of 2013. Mediaroom is situated in
Mountain View, California and employs more than 400 people worldwide.
Per Borgklint, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Support
at Ericsson said: "Ericsson's vision of the Networked Society foresees 50
billion devices to be connected via broadband, mobility and cloud. Future
distribution will have a similar impact on consumer behavior and
mobile voice has had. This acquisition contributes to a leading position
Ericsson with more than 40 customers, serving over 11 million subscriber
households. In addition, Ericsson will be powered with senior competence
some of the most talented people within the field of IPTV distribution."
The global IPTV market is estimated to reach 76 million subscribers in 2013
revenues of 32 BUSD, growing to 105 million subscribers and 45 BUSD in
"Mediaroom is the leading platform for video distribution deployed with the
world's largest IPTV operators. This strategic acquisition positions
an industry leader thanks to the skills and experiences of the talented
of Mediaroom combined with Ericsson's end to end service capabilities"
The total media solution portfolio of Ericsson in the TV and video space
combined with a further increased focus on consumer needs will be the
for providing services to end users. The importance of video distribution
capabilities for the customers and their consumers will be increasing as
and more LTE networks are deployed and filled with smartphone users.
"We are proud of the number one IPTV market position that we have achieved
Mediaroom. Ericsson's complementary portfolio of TV and networking services
help drive the future growth and development of Mediaroom," said Tom
Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Corporation. "Ericsson is positioned
a valuable strategic partner for operators and TV service providers around
world as the IPTV market evolves."
Microsoft Mediaroom is the TV technology behind many of the world's leading
television service providers like AT&T U-verse®, Entertain of Deutsche
Telekom, Telefonica, TELUS Optik TV™ and Swisscom. Mediaroom-powered TV
services are offered on more than 22 million set top boxes deployed
the Americas, EMEA and APAC.
Ericsson already sees that the ever-changing behaviors of TV consumers are
evolving faster than ever. Speed of innovation and intelligent solutions
consumer propositions in TV anywhere. This development will continue to
industry as convergence becomes reality. The development requires content
owners, broadcasters, TV service providers and operators to re-think their
This move builds on Ericsson's triple Emmy award-winning leadership in the
industry, providing its customers with a truly unique experience in TV
spanning the entire media value chain from camera to consumer.
The agreement is subject to customary regulatory approvals and other
Mediaroom will be incorporated into Business Unit Support Solutions.
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