Motorola Plugs Into Linux Developer

    January 18, 2006

Motorola announced plans to add Kreatel Communications to their mix. The Swedish company develops IPTV-based digital set-top boxes that utilize Linux. This move by Motorola will keep them competitive as the IPTV market continues to take off.

“Combining Motorola and Kreatel’s strengths is immensely attractive to green field video networks around the world and provides a critical solution as service providers evolve their video networks in the future,” said Dan Moloney, president, Motorola Connected Home Solutions. “Motorola will have a flexible IPTV portfolio that addresses the real challenges faced by service providers worldwide as they build and evolve their networks.”

Kreatel brings over six years’ experience developing and delivering innovative IPTV set-top software and hardware solutions to European telecom operators and ISPs. The Kreatel team and IPTV technology will add another significant advantage for Motorola customers worldwide – augmenting the company’s existing portfolio and providing significant flexibility for operators as they deploy video services.

“Current Kreatel customers – and others looking for a strong, flexible solution – will now achieve the benefits of working with a global leader in digital video,” said Lars Bengtsson, CEO, Kreatel. “Motorola has an unmatched heritage of deploying and supporting video networks worldwide, and will enable more service providers to utilize the benefits of the Kreatel platform.”

This is a great move for Motorola as many in the industry see IPTV as the future, with some version of the set top boxes in households.. This will leave Motorola in good shape and in turn, Linux will have another strong avenue for the future.

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John Stith is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.