“It’s time for DTH to retire, introducing MyWay IPTV”, – that’s the bold ad line from Digivision, the franchisee for the IPTV launch by BSNL and MTNL.

Both BSNL and MTNL plan to take on private DTH providers with the launch of MyWay in 54 cities (these cities contribute to 80% of Broadband usage) in the next 3 months.

IPTV vs. DTH

Traditionally, IPTV has lost to DTH owing to the resolution and of course, the mandatory broadband connection.

To start with, Smart Digivision plans to offer the services to 1.6 million to 1.7 million broadband subscribers of BSNL and MTNL (in 54 cities).

Under the franchise agreement that Smart Digivision has signed with MTNL and BSNL, the company will have access to the companies’ subscribers as well as to the copper wires reaching their homes (the “last mile” connection in technical parlance). In return, the companies will be paid 10 to 25 per cent of the revenues from the service. – source

The biggest differentiator for MTNL/BSNL is that they can leverage their large fixed-line networks — larger than any private telecom competitor. Together, both cover 33 million fixed lines in India compared to about 4.5 million lines owned by four private service providers (even Bharti and RCom are planning their IPTV commercial launch).

What’s your take? How feasible is IPTV over DTH?

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