Liquid Telecom to Offer TV services to Home Internet Users


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Liquid Telecom Kenya plans to offer TV services to its Nairobi customers in 2014. The service will free-to-air channels before going for premium channels over internet protocol (IPTV). An offer that bundles internet and TV would make Liquid the second internet provider with such an offer.

ITWeb Africa reports that Liquid Telecom has been testing its Internet Protocol (IPTV) service in Nairobi. Group head, Shahab Meshki, expects the service will go live in Q1 2014.

“We are looking to partner with DStv to offer some premium channels for Ipidi,” Meshki said.

For sometime Zuku has been a major player in this sector, offering a triple-play service that bundles internet, fixed telephone line and TV services. With no significant competition, Zuku has gained 35,000 subscribers to date.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Safaricom’s Bob Collymore stated that the mobile provider will be diversifying their services to include video on demand content. Safaricom customers will enjoy TV and video content via their mobile devices once the company implements this plan.

Liquid Telecom officials say Ipidi will be rolled out in Harare, Zimbabwe as well, through local company, Zimbabwe Online (ZoL).

via CIO East Africa
source: ITWeb Africa