Motorola delivers half-million STBs to Meo

Motorola has announced the delivery of its 500,000th IPTV set-top box to Portugal Telecom’s Meo service.

Deliveries commenced in 2008, with Meo now providing services to a total of 1.2 million subscribers. Meo is widely held to be a case study in best practice service provision, an approach that has led the operator to reach 35% of the Portuguese population.

Zeinal Bava, CEO, Portugal Telecom, said: “Portuguese customers are highly sophisticated and demanding users of technology. This drives our motivation to invest in innovation and cutting-edge technology. Motorola’s set-tops have allowed us to offer the full range of services – from tailored VOD services to time-shift TV – that customers value and see as a clear differentiation from our competitors.”

Steve McCaffery, vice president and EMEA general manager, Motorola Mobility’s Home Business said: “We’ve been fortunate to work alongside Portugal Telecom as its Meo service has evolved to become the huge success that it is now. We are proud of the role our technology has played in Meo’s success and at reaching this half million milestone with Portugal Telecom.”

Motorola, which has been supplying product to Meo since launch, initially supplied its VIP1200E and VIP1216E set-top boxes to help expand Meo’s footprint, both of which support high-definition (HD) and standard-definition video, with the VIP1216E also featuring a built-in hard drive for PVR functions.

The current model is the VIP1232 set-top; a compact, HD television IP set-top with a built-in hard disk drive for DVR functionality.