According to La Nacion, Paraguayan state-owned operator Copaco will launch its long-planned IPTV service on 15 December. The service will be available as part of a triple-play product suite, also including fixed telephony and broadband internet access. The new offering, which will be made available across the company’s existing broadband network footprint, will comprise 90 TV channels, including ten HD channels. According to Copaco president Mario Esquivel, the operator also hopes to offer Paraguayan football coverage on a pay-per-view basis, although the plan is subject to Copaco agreeing broadcasting rights.
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 in late 2011. At the time, 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’.