Indian Telcos To Focus On IPTV For Additional Revenue

The Economic Times: IPTV is set to emerge as a major additional revenue stream for Indian telcos. Whcih is why every telco worth its name is planning something in this area. Bharti Tele-Ventures, Reliance Infocomm, BSNL, MTNL, and HFCL Infotel are some of the telcos who are in a pretty advanced stage of adopting IPTV.
Bharti’s commercial deployment of IPTV is expected in the next 6 months, says ET. Apparently, BSNL and MTNL could be the first ones to roll out IPTV since they have the last mile and a ready base of 40 million fixed-line subscribers, who are increasingly opting for a broadband connection. Reliance Infocomm has been undertaking IPTV trials on users in Jamnagar, Mumbai and Delhi for the past one year.
According ABI Research, total subscribers for IPTV globally are likely to cross 120m by ’10 and Asia Pacific will comprise 47 per cent of it, with India being a major market.
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