Motorola's acquisition of Kreatel Communications topped headlines this week. With this purchase and Cisco's purchase of Scientific-Atlanta, everyone is wondering how the set-top box market will shape up and are these just the beginning of additional mergers and acquisitions.
Motorola's acquisition strengthens their presence in Europe, adds to their IPTV portfolio, and gives them Kreatel's customers such as major service providers Telefónica (Spain), TeliaSonera (Sweden), and KPN (The Netherlands).
On a different note, a discussion took place this week between telephone companies and other providers about charging fees to companies with products causing high bandwidth usage. Some examples of this could be Skype, Google Video, Vonage, or the P2P networks. Google's Barry Schnitt responded saying, "Google is not discussing sharing of the costs of broadband networks with any carrier. We believe consumers are already paying to support broadband access to the Internet through subscription fees and, as a result, consumers should have the freedom to use this connection without limitations."