Orca Interactive, which provides software for internet protocol television services, has signed an agreement to provide its IPTV middleware to a leading Western European broadband operator.

The unnamed telecommunications and data provider is aiming to launch an IPTV service by the end of the year. The solution will be provided by a coalition of companies, led by a European systems integrator.

The operator has committed to 150,000 licences of the Orca RIGHTv middleware platform over a three-year period. Orca says that 60,000 of these licenses will be purchased in the current financial year and the contract is expected to generate several million euro in revenues over the next three years. Further details of the agreement were not announced.

“I am delighted to be able to announce this win with a significant European player,” said Haggai Barel, chief executive of Orca Interactive. “This deal has been won through one of Europe‚Äôs leading system integrators and validates our strategy of building partnerships with the industry’s biggest and best integrators and vendors.”

Based in Israel, Orca Interactive is listed on the London alternative investment market. The company provides software to support broadcast, video-on-demand and personal video recorder applications over internet protocol networks. It has partnerships with a wide range of industry players, including systems integration and technology providers HP, IBM, Oracle and Sun.