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First Optus, now Primus plans to offer IPTV

Australian ISP Primus has confirmed that it plans to launch an IPTV service in the coming months over its fibre-based broadband network.

Tom Mazerski, CEO at Primus, told local new source Computerworld Australia that the service is in advanced planning, and will be run over the Primus fibre which is also being used to service homes for the country’s National Broadband Network.

The new service will deliver free-to-air channels, other television channels such as the Disney channel, and sports programmes, according to the reports. Mr. Mazerski is quoted as saying that his company is aiming to bring customers on-board now, before NBN rollout is complete, and then transfer them over to the new network.

The Primus CEO added that his company has fibre brings in all five of Australia’s major central business districts (CBDs), and has also started rolling out its optical transmission network to aggregate lower bandwidth services, such as email, and optimise utilisation to enable high capacity data services, such as video streaming.

Australia has seen a great deal of IPTV activity in recent months, with NBN progress appearing to be a major contributing factor.

Most of the country’s IPTV services (with the notable exception of that from incumbent Telstra) are based on the FetchTV offering, with TransACT recently becoming the latest to join the FetchTV roster (more details here).

FetchTV is a wholesale IPTV service provided by FetchTV to a number of ISP customers in Australia, including iiNet, Adam Internet, Internode and Optus.

Meanwhile, an employee from NBN Co. (mandated by the Australian government to design, build and operate the NBN) recently said in a company blog posting that one question frequently cropping up is whether the new network will improve TV reception for Australians – more details here.

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