Ericsson to Enhance, Integrate AT&T’s TV Platform

Deal Comes on Heels of AT&T’s Acquisition of DirecTV
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Ericsson’s TV technology role at AT&T cleared up a bit Thursday when the vendor announced it had been selected to “enhance” the telco’s TV platform and work with AT&T to evolve its satellite and wireline TV platform.

The announcement comes less than two month after AT&T clinched its acquisition of DirecTV.

AT&T already uses Ericsson Mediaroom to power its U-verse TV platform (Ericsson acquired the Mediaroom IPTV platform Microsoft in 2013). Last month, AT&T announced (subscription required) that it would use a derivative of DirecTV’s gateway-client architecture to establish a more uniform, cloud-based video platform for the combined company.

Ericsson didn’t disclose the financial terms of its deal, but said it would work with the pay TV provider to integrate DirecTV and U-verse technologies, and help it serve customers across its satellite and wireline access networks.

"By collaborating with Ericsson, AT&T will be able to enhance its service offerings across its networks," said Enrique Rodriguez, EVP and CTO of AT&T Entertainment and Internet Services, said in a statement. "Combining these technologies together uniquely positions AT&T to offer consumers an unparalleled bundled video entertainment, mobile and broadband experience."

 "AT&T has long been one of the most future-oriented, pioneering operators in the industry and we look forward to helping them to evolve their platforms which will give consumers an advanced TV experience," added Per Borgklint, Ericsson’s SVP and head of business unit support solutions.