Türk Telekom takes VDSL route for IPTV

Turkish telco Türk Telekom has opted to deploy VDSL2 access technology from Alcatel-Lucent for the delivery of high-definition IPTV services over its existing copper infrastructure.

The deployment is part of Türk Telekom’s ‘FiberkenTT’ strategic network transformation initiative to provide Turkish households with high-speed broadband by installing fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) connections and leveraging the existing copper wire infrastructure in the ‘last-mile’ of connection.

Türk Telekom had reached over 30,000 customers for its IPTV service ‘Tivibu Ev’ by the end of last year, offering over 100 channels in SD and HD along with DVR features and more than 3,500 VOD assets.

The success of its IPTV service has however been eclipsed by that of its over-the-top service ‘Tivibu Web’, which had reached 1.2mn subscribers by the end of 2011.

The view of analysts from Informa Telecoms & Media (publisher of IP&TV News) is that this demonstrates that in an increasingly competitive multichannel and FTA market, Turkish IPTV services are unlikely to make much headway in the short to medium term.

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