Digital Revenues

Sept 23, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), the island’s largest fixed access provider, has launched Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) with a target of reaching 7,000 customers by year end, officials said.

Weerasuriya is also talking with education organizations who want to conduct virtual or online classrooms through IPTV with interactive capabilities, which would boost average revenues per user (ARPU).

Other value added services are video on demand, music video and a movie library.

Video shuttling (where subscribers have playback and fast forward options) and interactive educational programs for children are also expected to boost revenues.

Dialog Telekom, a unit of Malaysia Telekom, is already offering a satellite TV service which had reached 100,000 customers. But its high operating costs resulted in large losses in the start-up phase.

There are also competing cable operators.

K S Chowdrey from Aksh Optifibre who attended the launch, says his firm became India’s first commercial IPTV provider using Mahanagar Telephone Nigam copper lines.

Chowdrey says IPTV reversed a decline in fixed access services where subscribers were dis-connecting their line