Chungwa denies PCCW IPTV tie-up

6 Sep 2006

Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan’s largest fixed line operator, has denied a report saying it had signed an agreement with PCCW to use the Hong Kong telco’s IPTV platform. ‘We have paid a visit to PCCW to see their internet protocol television system, but we have not signed any agreement with the company,’ Chunghwa’s chief financial officer Hank Wang said yesterday. Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported on Saturday that Chunghwa had signed an agreement with PCCW to deploy a network based on its Network of the World (NOW) broadband television infrastructure. Chunghwa Telecom launched pay-TV services last year and offers 33 mostly local channels to 192,000 subscribers, the newspaper said. PCCW’s NOW service has more than 500,000 users and has signed exclusive rights to show HBO, ESPN and other international channels in Hong Kong, the report added.