We heard from one reader about IPTV in Manitoba, and from another about a new collaborative project on MIMO and QoS.
Update on IPTV in Manitoba
Roy Sherbo, Vice-President of MTS TV, sent us "a brief update of MTS TV's progress. We now have exceeded 28,000 customers as of a couple of weeks ago, which exceeds our year end target. That represents over 15% penetration and over 10% market share in our serving area of Winnipeg. This all in just over 1-1/2 years. Our network build also continues ahead of target with over 66% of Winnipeg eligible for this service at the end of September, also our year end objective.
We have just launched our first truly interactive service, which we call MTS Centre On Demand ( www.mts.mb.ca/news/nr_2004_MTSCentreOnDemand.html ). Available November 8, our customers can get information on a new arena about to be opened called the MTS Centre. This venue hosts our primary hockey team and will be the premiere venue for concerts and other similar special events. Currently information is text, graphics and still photos. Into 2005 we plan on adding video from a VOD server. I think looking forward, on demand services whether video or interactive are going to be a major differentiator for TV based services.
We continue to be pleased with the progress we have made and our overall customer interest and satisfaction with the service."
QoS and MIMO
After reading our recent article on The Digital Living Network Alliance ( www.broadbandhomecentral.com/report/backissues/Report0410_4.html ), Peter Thompson wrote from the UK: "I have read your latest report with great interest, and particularly agree with you on your statement that QoS is one of the critical missing pieces for achieving true wireless multimedia services in a home network (or indeed any network which runs multiple real-time and non-real-time applications).
I am Chief Scientist at U4EA Technologies ( www.u4eatech.com ), a UK-based specialist QoS company I helped to found after a career in the semiconductor industry and commercial research.
You may be interested to know that U4EA is a partner in Osiris ( www.3cresearch.co.uk/projectlab ), a collaborative project that is developing a highly efficient and reliable broadband wireless home networking solution using advanced Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) radio technology as well as integrated QoS between radio and traditional networks. Other partners in Osiris include Sony's competitor Toshiba (who are interestingly not a member of the DLNA), QinetiQ (formerly DERA, a major contractor for the British Ministry of Defence) and the University of Bristol, England, who have a strong reputation in wireless technology."