Thursday, December 18, 2008

SES Americom to Kill Wholesale IPTV

Telephony published an article that said that SES Americom will discontinue its IP-Prime satellite based IPTV content distribution service in July 2009. In the past year, IP-Prime signed agreements with 70 small telecom operators, 37 of which have reached commercial deployment. The company estimates the number of subscribers remained at less than 10,000 at the end of November.

The small independent U.S. Telcos are a tough market. There are about 1,000 of them with an average of only a couple of thousand customers each. There are actually quite a number with less than 1,000 customers. It is hard to build up a large subscriber base focusing at the low end of this market.

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