UPDATED: Brazilian service provider Oi has chosen Alcatel-Lucent to act as equipment supplier and systems integrator of the IPTV platform it is preparing to launch in the second half of this year, using Microsoft’s Mediaroom middleware.
Oi reports that it has observed demand for the proposed IPTV service in 20 cities (in addition to Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte) across Brazil, which is by far the largest country in South America, in both geographic and economic terms, with a population of over 192mn people.
The service will give users access to content not only on the TV but also on tablets, smart phones and PCs, and will offer video-on-demand, catch-up TV, time-shifting and whole-home PVR capabilities.
Alcatel-Lucent will be drawing from its portfolio of products, services and software, deploying its Velocix content delivery network, the Motive Service Quality Manager and its copper- (VDSL2) and fiber-based (GPON) broadband access technologies.
Oi’s President Francisco Valim was recently quoted in Portuguese business daily Diario Economico as saying that his company has already started building out its fibre broadband network, which will reach 2.5mn Brazilian homes by 2015 – more details here.
A recent Pyramid Research report estimated that there will be 1.5mn subscribers to managed IPTV services in Brazil by 2016, up from 21,000 in 2011.