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Colba.Net expands IPTV footprint outside Quebec

Canadian telco Colba.Net has expanded the footprint of its IPTV service outside of its Quebec heartland and into the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

The move follows approval by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) of the telco’s application for a broadcasting regional licence for dozens of communities in the three provinces. Colba.Net secured similar approval to serve new communities in Quebec last November – details here.

Colba.Net launched its IPTV service in December 2011 on the Island of Montreal, offering a number of high-definition channels and some popular US channels, as well as access to the content streaming websites Netflix, AppleTV and TOUT.TV.

Meanwhile, a recent report from research firm IHS found that Canadian telcos continue to win pay-TV subs from their cable and satellite rivals, with IPTV’s share of the local subscriber base rising to nearly 10% in the third quarter of 2012 – more details here.

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