Paraguayan state-owned telco Copaco will commercially launch its new IPTV service in the cities of Concepción and Horqueta on December 14th, according to local reports.
Newspaper La Nación quotes Cesar Guerín, Marketing Manager at Copaco, as saying that the telco will reveal pricing details during the second or third week of December, but confirmed that the basic package will offer 54 channels, and added that there will be ten HD channels available on the service, including Cinecanal HD, ESPN HD, HBO HD and TVT HD, among others.
The service has already entered trials in the capital city of Asunción with around 200 customers. Copaco operates its own network infrastructure, which is made up of a combination of copper-based ADSL and fibre, and has also been acquiring GPON equipment for the rollout of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections.
Around 220,000 Paraguayan households are believed to take pay-TV services from a total of 850,000 TV households, with cable TV operator MSO Multicanal (owned by Argentina’s Grupo Clarin) being the main player with 122,400 subscribers at the end of June 2011, according to research by Informa Telecoms & Media (publisher of IP&TV News).
Piracy is believed to be a major problem in Paraguay, with several cable operators complaining about the impact of the so-called ‘AZBox’, which allows users illicit access to satellite-delivered pay TV channels. A 2011 report from copyright body the IIPA reported that “Paraguay’s weak enforcement activity against high levels of the most basic forms of piracy remains unchanged.”
Via La Nación