PTCL has plans to further expand its IPTV services in 13 more cities, by the start of year 2009. Technical and commercial teams are undergoing serials of service tests in new cities for the launch that is scheduled by next month, or at most in January 2009.
The cities are: Taxila, Wah, Abbottabad, Peshawar, Gujrawala, Gujrat, Sialkot, Faisalabad, Mutan, Sheikhupura, Bahawalpur, Hyderabad, Quetta
It merits mentioning here that Broadband services were launched in these cities last month – which is a prerequisite to IPTV. Seems PTCL management is keen in launching IPTV services in more cities without any further delays, as multiple teams are working in parallel to reduce pre-launch holds.
We may see hike in IPTV subscriptions in coming months, due to agression that PTCL has been showing for this particular segment. Especially, after free installations (Though customers will be charged latter on) and service area expansions, PTCL has clear plans for replacing conventinal cable operator networks with IPTV.