Aksh Optifibre to invest Rs 150 crore for FTTH services
IPTV provider Aksh Optifibre Limited is planning to invest Rs 150 crore over the next two years to strengthen its IPTV network in the country.
Aksh Optifibre Limited Managing Director Dr KS Choudhari told ET that the company would set up Fibre To The Home (FTTH) broadband network providing triple play services, namely, voice, IPTV and data in rural, semi urban and urban areas.
“We have initiated the pilot project in Jaipur where we intend to target 25,000 subscribers by December 2010 from the existing base of 3,300 customers. We will then replicate to model in other parts of the country to cross one lakh customers from the existing 30,000 in 22 cities in that time frame,” he said.
Aksh Optifibre’s IPTV partner Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has invested Rs 200 crore to set up optical access network in Jaipur. BSNL Jaipur principal general manager P K Aggarwal told ET that the telecom company has laid down 400 km of optical fibre to cover the entire city.
“The basic infrastructure has been laid down. Now, the Aksh Optifibre Limited just has to connect each home with the optical access network. We expect to get 10,000 connections by this fiscal,” he said.
Aksh Optifibre is also appointing channel partners in each city to improve its services and reach. “At present, we were relying more on direct sales. Now, we will appoint 2 channel partners in each city to ramp up our presence. In metros, we would be appointing more depending on the population density,” he said.
The company is also planning to roll out its Mobile TV services on the 3G network in February this year. “We have been successfully running the trials of Mobile TV in Mumbai and Delhi in association with MTNL. We are airing 16 channels besides two services — video on demand and Pigeon Voice over Internet Protocol — on the 3G network. The formal launch, however, will be in February,” he said.