According to La Nacion, state-owned fixed line operator Compania Paraguaya de Comunicaciones (Paraguayan Communications Company, or Copaco) has confirmed that it has agreed a USD6.2 million contract with local systems integrator Sitesa to implement its imminent IPTV service. According to a Copaco spokesperson, the company is presently in the midst of establishing a ‘basic grid’ of 25 channels, out of a possible selection of 725. The IPTV network has been tipped to go live in October, with a launch in capital city Asuncion.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in October 2010 Copaco announced that it intended to invest a total of USD20 million in the launch of triple-play services (comprising voice telephony, broadband and IPTV) in late 2011. At the time, Copaco president Mario Esquivel commented: ‘It is a strategic project for us. The expansion and improvement of our network to provide IPTV requires us to reach at least 8Mbps of internet connection speed, whereas today we are still at four’. In the same interview, Esquivel admitted that the company plans to offer a pay-per-view IPTV service using both locally and internationally-sourced programming.