Thursday, March 15, 2007

BSNL Launches IPTV in India

BSNL, the seventh largest telecom company in the world, launched an IPTV service in Pune, India. This service provides access to 100 broadcast channels along with video on demand service. This IPTV service completes a triple play offering that also includes Internet access and VoIP.

BSNL joins MTNL as an IPTV service provider in India. It is expected that Reliance will introduce its own service by the end of 2007. While the market potential in India is huge, it will take a long time to develop. There are only about 2 million broadband subscribers, so that the number of homes that are capable of using IPTV is quite small. The full market potential of IPTV will take many years to develop.

3 comments:

ohad said...

I think you meant the 7th largest in the world, right? ;)

With the poor wireline infrastructure, it seems like it would take indian telcos forever to really reach a substantial penetration of true broadband (VDSL/FTTX). Perhaps the best access solution might be Wimax, that could lower costs dramatically

Bob Larribeau said...

Thanks for the correction.

I am not an expert on India, but I think change can accelerate rapidly there. WiMAX is clearly a strong solution for rural areas and less prosperous areas. Fiber can be deployed cheaply in dense areas. City Telecom/Hong Kong Telecom told me that they can deploy an Ethernet service for $150 U.S. per home using fiber to the high rise and fiber/Cat 5 to bring 100 Mbps Ethernet to each living unit in the building.

I would not underestimate what is possible for India, if it puts its mind to it.

Bob Larribeau said...

Thanks for the correction.

I am not an expert on India, but I think change can accelerate rapidly there. WiMAX is clearly a strong solution for rural areas and less prosperous areas. Fiber can be deployed cheaply in dense areas. City Telecom/Hong Kong Telecom told me that they can deploy an Ethernet service for $150 U.S. per home using fiber to the high rise and fiber/Cat 5 to bring 100 Mbps Ethernet to each living unit in the building.

I would not underestimate what is possible for India, if it puts its mind to it.