Espial's New TCO White Paper Reveals How Operators Can Save $195M on Large-Scale IPTV Deployments

Aug 22, 2007, 01:00 ET from ESPIAL GROUP

    OTTAWA, Aug. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - (Booth #IP103 in "IPTV Zone"
 at IBC, September 7-11) - The cost of deploying new IPTV services can be
 reduced by as much as 33% if operators select open, scalable and more
 flexible middleware, according to a new white paper released by Espial(R)
 Group Inc. (TSX: ESP), a leading provider of IPTV middleware and
 applications. With middleware like Espial's Evo(R) IPTV Service Platform,
 operators can save upwards of $195 million when deploying new IPTV
 services, based on a five-year deployment scenario to one million
     The white paper, written in conjunction with outside consultants, and
 incorporating industry research and Espial's experience deploying to over
 one million IPTV subscribers, analyzes the role that middleware plays in
 the total cost of ownership of an IPTV service. Findings include how
 next-generation middleware allows operators to reduce set-top box (STB)
 costs by 39%. These STB savings reflect the benefits of a smaller
 footprint, data-driven architecture that can leverage lower-cost,
 longer-life set-top boxes. Another 35% and 42% savings, respectively, can
 be realized on the IPTV middleware itself and related IPTV ecosystem costs
 due to an architecture that can support over 100,000 subscribers per
 application server and provides easy-to-integrate adapters for
 ecosystem/OSS/BSS components and data management.
     "The choice of a next-generation middleware platform, such as Espial's
 Evo, plays a major role in reducing an operator's cost of deploying and
 maintaining an IPTV service, thereby increasing the return on investment,"
 said Brian Mahony, Espial's Vice President of Marketing. "While operators
 are spending billions on network infrastructure and other IPTV ecosystem
 components, the right IPTV middleware can be the difference between
 financial success or failure of the project."
     Other findings show how half of service creation and innovation costs
 can be saved. These innovations include new revenue-generating triple play
 and mobile convergence applications, and new user interfaces personalized
 to the needs of geographically or demographically diverse subscriber
     For more information about reducing the total cost of ownership of IPTV
 deployments, Espial's whitepaper is available now to qualified
 professionals by emailing
     Espial provides IPTV middleware and applications that enable superior
 quality of experience, fast application performance, carrier-grade
 scalability, and open extensibility, all at a lower total cost of
 ownership. Espial's Evo(R) IPTV Service Platform, which can be purchased as
 modular components or as part of a pre-integrated client-server solution,
 includes Evo Client, Evo Server, Evo Browser, Evo BML Browser, Evo
 Future-Proof Framework(TM) (FPF), Evo SkinTones(TM) and applications such
 as Electronic Program Guide, Video on Demand, Digital Video Recorder,
 Content Portal, Games, and Triple Play.