HFCL Infotel has announced that it will roll out IPTV services in the Punjab state in the next three months, Indian news source The Economic Times is reporting. HFCL Infotel has signed an agreement with Smart Broadband Services, allowing HFCL to use Smart’s infrastructure to launch its IPTV services. ‘By partnering with Smart Broadband, we would not need to spend huge amounts of money on setting up our own infrastructure to support IPTV services. Now, we would be able to provide this service by using Smart’s infrastructure on our network,’ said HFCL Infotel COO, GD Singh. In the first phase the operator has stated that it hopes to sign up 20,000 users, and additionally has reiterated its plans to launch GSM services in Punjab in the 2009 financial year.
Earlier this month, Smart Broadband also announced a collaboration with Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) for the launch of the state-owned operator’s IPTV services in Delhi.