Australian telco iiNet could become the first nationwide telco to offer commercial IPTV services, Rapid TV News reports. The operator is reportedly considering an IPTV launch in 2009, and pilot tests are understood to already be underway. At present only Canberra-based telco TransAct offers IPTV services, but these are limited to the Canberra region. iiNet managing director Michael Malone commented, ‘Our plans to introduce IPTV in 2009 will further cement iiNet as a market leader in product innovation, content collaboration offerings and customer service.’ According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, iiNet currently offers ADSL-based broadband services at speeds of up to 24Mbps, and at the end of June 2008 had approximately 370,000 high speed internet subscribers. The operator also offers VoIP services, and at the same date had signed up just over 81,000 customers.