ZTE nabs top market share for VOD, STB and middleware

Michelle Clancy | 29-01-2014

When it comes to IPTV systems and software companies, MRG's IPTV Market Leader Reports (MLR) has once again identified which vendors are leading each of the six IPTV market segments: access systems, video headend systems (VHE), video-on-demand server software (VOD), set-top boxes (STB), middleware and content protection/digital rights management (CP/DRM).

Among the global leaders, the big winner was Chinese powerhouse ZTE, which took the top position in VOD, STB and middleware been successful in working with many Asian IPTV operators. Alcatel-Lucent continues to lead in access, while Verimatrix continues to lead in the CP/DRM segment. And, Harmonic leads in video headends.

There have been a few market changes that have affected the market, MRG noted. Of course, Ericsson acquired the assets of Microsoft's Mediaroom technology last year; and, ARRIS completed its acquisition of Motorola Home's assets from Google. ARRIS now appears in new product categories as a result.

"Interestingly, ZTE has taken the lead in middleware in this report, replacing Microsoft's Mediaroom (now Ericsson) which led for about five years in a row," the firm said.