Paraguayan telecoms operator Compania Paraguaya de Comunicaciones (Copaco) is expected to launch its long-delayed IPTV service on a commercial basis before the end of November, NexTV LatAm reports, almost one year behind schedule. After experiencing myriad technical problems over the last twelve months, it is now believed that the plans have been delayed by the issues with the Law of State Contracting.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that the USD25 million product launch was initially expected to materialise on 15 December 2011, only to run into unspecified problems. A second date, 2 March 2012, also passed without fanfare, although this delay was blamed on premium US TV provider HBO, which deemed Copaco’s IPTV system vulnerable to piracy. This July witnessed progress of sorts when the company soft-launched the product in Asuncion; NexTVLatAm notes that the telco currently counts 200 ‘trial users’ for its IPTV service.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Copaco’s new triple-play service will be priced at PYG299,200 (USD64.8) per month, with free installation for all customers. Alongside 54 IPTV channels, the telco will also offer a video-on-demand (VoD) service, with movies priced at roughly USD3 apiece.