Telkom Indonesia signs four-year IPTV construction contract with ZTE

Chinese telecoms equipment vendor ZTE has won a four-year IPTV network construction contract with Telkom Indonesia, the largest fixed-line network operator in Indonesia.

Under the terms of the deal, ZTE will build, operate, and maintain a low-bit-rate IPTV network for Telkom Indonesia from 2013 to 2016, using technologies such as Forward Error Correction (FEC) and Automatic Retransmission Request (ARQ) to address packet loss compensation.

In addition to building the network, the Chinese firm will also provide Telkom Indonesia with IPTV system equipment including HD and SD set-top boxes, and will also operate, maintain and host equipment, as well as provide end-to-end network optimisation.

Telkom Indonesia launched an IPTV service called ‘Groovia’ back in June 2011, and while it had only reached 6,000 subscribers by early 2012, it is believed to have good medium-term growth prospects, according to recent research by Informa Telecoms & Media (publisher of IP&TV News), thanks largely to its 95% share of the country’s fixed access market.

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