Brazilian operator Oi SA has launched its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband service and IPTV, offering a maximum 200Mbps service in Rio de Janeiro. NextTVLatam reports that Oi SA’s offer went live on 17 December, with plans to add other parts of Brazil in future. The telco has already deployed FTTH in Belo Horizonte, which will be the next city to receive the service, it adds. It is understood Oi SA’s pay-TV offering will utilise the Microsoft Mediaroom platform and will offer catch-up TV, DVR and ‘TV Everywhere’ services to its subscribers.
According to the national telecoms regulator, the Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes (Anatel), Brazil was home to a total pay-TV market of 15.7 million at end-September 2012. The agency said that Net Servicos/Embratel led the pack with a total of more than 8.288 million customers, followed by Sky (DirecTV) with over 4.873 million. Oi SA took third spot with 651,382 subscribers, ahead of Telefonica (Vivo).