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October 17, 2006 at 1:47 PM

Could T-Mobile do this here, with Microsoft’s help?

The German parent of T-Mobile USA today announced a big rollout of broadband TV services in Germany, based on Microsoft’s IPTV platform.

Deutsche Telekom’s T-Com unit calls the service T-Home. It includes IP telephony, high-def TV, Tivo-like recording and on-demand movies. The Web site is here, but it’s in German.

“T-Com has transformed the simple telephone line into a high-performance multimedia platform in no time at all. We are now opening up the modern world of communication, information and entertainment for our customers,” DT board member Walter Raizner said in the release.

It’s another flagship deal for Microsoft’s IPTV service, but what’s really intriguing is the potential of Bellevue-based T-Mobile USA to offer something similar in the U.S.

Wireless spectrum can’t deliver as much data as T-Com, but video services are part of T-Mobile’s next-generation network plans. Household video and broadband would also help the company pay for the $4 billion worth of spectrum it bought in the U.S.

T-Mobile International started down this path a year ago in Europe, with wireless broadband and video, according to this older post by Glenn Fleishman.

More recently, Om Malik has been talking about TV over WiMax.

Will T-Mobile transform the simple wireless telephone account into a high-performance multimedia platform?

Comments | Topics: Microsoft, Telecom

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