Telekom Malaysia is one of the most innovative telcos in the Asian ecosystem, and in advance of his appearance at TV Connect Asia, 2014 (29-30th April, Suntec, Singapore), IP&TV News enjoys a quick, enlightening chat with Jeremy Kung Eng Chuang, their EVP, New Media…
IP&TV News: Hi Jeremy. Could you tell us a bit about HyppTV?
Jeremy Kung Eng Chuang: HyppTV is an IPTV service provided via Telekom Malaysia. It is currently on both of our Fiber and Copper infrastructure since March 2010. It currently offers more than 113 channels with categories including linear TV, VOD and Interactive channels. We currently have more than 650K subscribers to our services. Please refer to our website tm.com.my for more details.
I understand HyppTV was developed in collaboration with Huawei? How have the two companies worked together on this project?
The platform is created with Huawei and has been running since March 2010. Huawei provide the platform. All services on the platform are done completely by TM as part of our services that include Voice, Broadband and TV service.
How have you assessed the revenue potential for TV Everywhere services – and what were these assessments?
HyppTV Everywhere is the service wherein we recognized the swing in users’ consumption on content and applications, where users today want to consume content and apps wherever they want, whenever they want and on whatever device they want. This is the way people will continue to consume entertainment content, and to be relevant, we need to make sure they are able to. We are still in the early stages of the roll-out of the service and so far, it has been quite encouraging.
What do you think the dominant trends will be in the Asian market over the next couple of years?
As far as communication is concerned, the trend of High Speed Broadband will continue to be a prime mover for telcos. And with the on-going influx of OTT providers, the market will need to find ways to collaborate in order to prevent an all-out war between service providers and telcos. Telcos will also need to be part of the ecosystem to provide similar if not better services than those OTT providers are able to do today. Data mobility will also play a huge part in getting and reaching some of these subscribers.
What’s the advantage for an operator such as Telekom Malaysia in attending TV Connect Asia?
For Telekom Malaysia, attending TV Connect Asia gives us the opportunity to share some of our experience with the technology and services we shave embraced in an exciting and emerging market such as Malaysia. We would also want to be able to listen and understand what and how other markets are doing with their services and technology.
Jeremy Kung Eng Chuang will be appearing at TV Connect Asia, 2014 (29-30th April, Suntec, Singapore). For booking and info go here