Aksh Optifibre, MTNL launch IPTV in Mumbai
IPTV stand alone deal is available to subscribers at Rs 1,000 as reimbursable security deposit with six months of subscription free. While, a combo-deal of IPTV and Video Phone Calling Services will come at a price of Rs 1,460 in which the subscribers will get set up box and one year of free subscription, with access to 100 channels at no additional costs.
MTNL can’t offer IPTV
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has raised objections saying that MTNL, being a basic service operator, cannot offer value-added services like Internet Protocol Television (IPTV).
However, despite objections, MTNL launched its IPTV service in Mumbai on Mar 20, 2008, saying they would not let down subscribers waiting for the service since it was a much publicised and sought-after service. “We have been operating the service on a smaller scale for two years. For us, IPTV is a value-added service being provided by a basic service operator. We will reply to TRAI,” said MTNL chairman R S P Sinha.