Telefónica is close to launching IPTV in the Peruvian market. The telecommunications company’s local subsidiary, Movistar, is conducting trials for the new Pay TV service, which will operate on its new fixed fiber to the home (FTTH) network, already having 2 million homes passed. The news was released by DF Sud, an international digital medium owned by Chile’s Diario Financiero.
IPTV is Telefónica’s third Pay TV offering in Peru, given that Cable TV and Satellite TV (DTH) services are already offered. In Latin America, the company provides IPTV service in Brazil (through Vivo), Argentina, Chile and Colombia.
Inquired by DF Sud, Movistar Peru sources said that the project had already been presented and that it was intended to have a nationwide scope. Economic estimations are currently under way. The plan is to launch the service by the end of the second quarter of the current year.
The IPTV service is set out in the homes together with a set top box (STB), much in the same way as the traditional Cable TV service. Movistar Perú spokespeople explained that “the main feature of IPTV is the ability to offer a content experience with even more advanced functionalities.” Likewise, they highlighted the need for a higher level of connectivity, which is why it is essential to keep advancing in the deployment of fiber optic.