Motorola's Connected Home Division completed its acquisition of Kreatel
Communications, a Swedish developer of IPTV digital set-tops. Kreatel's set-top platform paves the way for Motorola to have better and more-rapid presence in the IPTV marketplace, as well as complementing the end-to-end digital video solutions it has in cable, xDSL and fiber-to-the-premises video. With the pending acquisition by Cisco Systems of Scientific-Atlanta, Motorola will now compete more directly with Cisco for all elements of the end-to-end video infrastructure value chain - which encompasses network infrastructure, video headend and transport, MPEG-4 encoding, broadband cable modem/gateways, VoIP multimedia terminal adapters, cable and IP
set-tops, and other devices.
This is interesting space to watch- Moto is really having some cool hand held devices but this is the first time that I am seeing them enter into this space of Cable, DSL and on the fiber VOD value offerings.