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Sri Lanka Telecom orders new STBs for IPTV expansion

UTStarcom has continued its recent run of sales with a new contract signed with Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) for the supply of set-top boxes to expand its IPTV service.

The set-top boxes will enable Sri Lanka Telecom to provide a number of interactive media services to its customers, including live HDTV, time-shift TV and video-on-demand.

UTStarcom has been supplying solutions within its RollingStream end-to-end IPTV product suite to Sri Lanka Telecom since 2008.

The telco launched its IPTV service ‘Peo TV’ in September 2008, offering 20 channels at launch, and has since increased that number to over 50.

SLT boosted its line-up in 2009 with the addition of new channels including Star World, Star Movies and Star Sports, Fox History, ESPN and content from HBO.

However, Informa Telecoms & Media (publisher of IP&TV News) estimates that SLT had reached just 40,000 subscribers for its service by the end of 2010, with modest expectations remaining for the service, due to limited penetration of high-speed Internet services in the country.

Sri Lanka is believed to have around 3.3mn TV households (out of a population of just over 20mn), with the majority served by free-to-air services. DTH operator Dialog TV has the biggest slice of the country’s pay-TV market, with 169,000 subscribers at the end of 2010.

UTStarcom has recently won a number of IPTV-related contracts in Asia, including with China’s Beijing Television (details here) and Hainan Network Television (details here).

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