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iiNet’s IPTV progress underwhelms

Australian broadband provider iiNet had reached just 24,000 customers for its IPTV service by the end of 2012 – a weak result given that it launched the service back in July 2010.

Growth does however seem to be accelerating for the TV service, based on a white label offering from local firm FetchTV which provides similar services to other Australian ISPs including Optus, Internode and Adam Internet.

iiNet counted 18,000 IPTV subscribers by the end of December 2011 and 19,000 by the end of June 2012, before adding another 5,000 in the second half of the year.

“We have just announced the latest exciting new addition to our modem range called Budii and have upgraded iiNet’s IPTV service in combination with our partners at FetchTV,” said Michael Malone, CEO of iiNet.

“We have taken full advantage of our capabilities to be the first to launch NBN [National Broadband Network] services across all access technologies including fibre, satellite and wireless as well as multicast IPTV services over the NBN.”

iiNet had reached a total of 837,000 broadband customers by the end of 2012, of which 545,000 were on-net, 280,000 were off-net and 11,000 were receiving fibre-based NBN services.

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