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Help Unreliable BSNL network hampering IPTV growth
Smart Digivision (MyWay) and Akshoptifiber (iControl), which offer internet protocol television (IPTV) services in more than 50 cities in India using BSNL's fixed-line network, together have garnered just a little more than 70,000 customers so far due to poor BSNL network.

A senior official of MyWay, on condition of anonymity, said, "The biggest problem with BSNL is its poor network reliability. At times consumers face network outages for two-three days."

He added, "Such outages are not accepted by consumers and they shift to DTH. If this problem is taken care of we will be able to create huge revenue opportunity for both MyWay and BSNL. Our service offering is very compelling but if we are not reliable, we will not get subscribers."

MyWay had earlier planned to offer IPTV services to between 1.6 million and 1.7 million broadband subscribers of BSNL and MTNL.

On the other hand Airtel, which offers IPTV services only in Delhi and adjoining areas has more than one lakh IPTV subscribers.

BSNL had earlier reported a net loss of Rs 1,823 crore during the year 2009-2010. This is the first ever loss registered by the state owned telco since its inception in October 2000 when it was spun off from the Department of Telecom (DoT).

IPTV can not only help check negative growth of the landline business for BSNL; it can also push up broadband penetration in the country manifold.

According to a survey by KPMG, 18 per cent people want to retain their landline connection in anticipation of future services such as IPTV. This is a very big number given the fact that awareness regarding IPTV is very low in the country.
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