Bullish on the growth of Internet Protocol TV in India, state-owned telecom company BSNL on Friday said it will issue tenders in next six months for providing IP TV services across the country.
"In next six months we will issue tenders to find partners for increasing the penetration of IP TV in the country," BSNL Chairman and Managing Director AK Sinha said on the sidelines of the 2nd International Conference and Exhibition held in New Delhi.
He said, the company has already launched IP TV in Pune and trials are going on in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata. Currently BSNL is providing the services through franchisees and plans to widen its network in rest of India as well.
BSNL was also looking at setting up its own content TV network and substantial investment would be made when it goes operational on standalone basis.
Many private players, including Airtel and Reliance, are also conducting trials for IP TVs. IP TV is a system where a digital television service is delivered using the Internet Protocol over a network infrastructure, which may include delivery by a broadband connection.
For residential users, IP TV is often provided in conjunction with Video on Demand and may be bundled with Internet services such as Web access and VoIP.
Sinha said, BSNL plans to add five million broadband subscribers to the current base of one million with every passing year and with increase in the number of broadband users, IP TV holds huge growth prospects in the country.