Irish broadband provider Smart Telecom has told online news portal siliconrepublic.com that it plans to soft launch IPTV services in 37 areas of the country where it currently offers broadband access via unbundled local telephony exchanges. The company’s chief operations officer Pio Murtagh confirmed IPTV was in the final phase of testing adding: ‘We’re looking to launch the service to our existing customer base in April.’ When the service becomes fully operational, Smart intends to offer a DSL-based TV alternative to rivals such as UPC Ireland and Sky. Smart’s new platform will be available to a potential 550,000 households across the Republic which it intends to target with a bouquet of more than 100 TV and radio channels.
News of the operator’s IPTV service launch comes hot on the heels of yesterday’s announcement that Smart has deployed symmetrical DSL packages to business users with no data limits or line sharing, and offering broadband connectivity of between 2Mbps and 16Mbps. The high speed packages are being made available to a potential 49,000 businesses in Smart’s franchise areas in Dublin, Cork, Donegal, Galway, Laois, Limerick, Louth, Sligo and Waterford.