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Saudi Telecom sees IPTV subs surge 190%

Saudi Telecom Company is reporting increased interest in its managed IPTV service, with the subscriber base for its ‘InVision’ service swelling by more than 190% in 2012, according to local reports.

Saudi Telecom was estimated to have reached 35,000 IPTV customers by July 2012, with this total predicted to increase to 70,000 by the end of 2012, and go on to reach 200,000 to 300,000 by 2015.

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) attributes its strong IPTV growth in part to ongoing enhancements to its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructure, which currently covers more than half a million Saudi homes, with around 100,000 of them actually subscribing to FTTH-delivered services.

STC is aiming to cover more than 1.5mn premises with its FTTH deployment by the end of 2014, involving the installation of over 300,000 km of optical fibre cabling. The telco merged its IPTV, OTT and VOD platforms last July.

To read our recent interview with Khalid Alosaimi, Multimedia Development Section Manager at Saudi Telecom Company, please click here.

Via Saudi Gazette

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