As of February 2011, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited‘s Delhi unit has 5910 IPTV subscribers in the city, with an Average Revenue Per Paying User (ARPPU) of Rs.298 per month, MediaNama has learned, via a Right to Information request filed with the government owned telecom operator. Note that MTNL has not given us a break-up of paying and free users, only average revenue per paid connection; the total number of users may include free or trial users.
The total number connections has come down from its peak – MTNL Delhi registered the highest number of IPTV connections in March 2009 with 7741 connections and an average revenue per paying user of Rs.188.19, per month, correspondingly. The lowest number of connections were 5163, reported in August 2010, at an ARPPU of Rs. 256/month.
The state owned telco registered the lowest ARPPU at Rs 180.84/month, with a corresponding connection count of 6049. The highest monthly ARPPU was registered in February 2011 at Rs.298.69.
MTNL Delhi runs IPTV services through two vendors, namely Aksh and Smart Broadband (MyWay). On hindsight, we should have requested for data segmented by franchisee. We are also awaiting a response for IPTV data for Mumbai. We’ll publish a chart with the IPTV data separately at MediaNama Charts.
Launches FTTH With Fair Usage Policy
Meanwhile, MTNL has launched Fibre to the home broadband services, through which it can offer download speeds of upto 10 Gbps, reportsTelecom Talk. The commercial launch will take place in a few weeks, according to the report.
Fibre to home technology makes use of optic fibre technology in place of the traditional copper wire based delivery medium. Even if the cables get damaged, data can be routed through a separate line, to ensure connectivity. FTTH will enable MTNL to offer triple play services like video-on-demand, IPTV and voice, more efficiently.
Although the tariffs are competitive, MTNL has introduced Fair Usage Policy on unlimited plans, similar to private ISPs. As far as we know, this is the first instance of a Fair Usage Policy being instituted by MTNL. It has also launched IPTV plans on FTTH. The installation and registration charges for the service are Rs 500, in addition to a non-refundable security deposit of Rs.1000.
However, information on availability of FTTH and other features, was not available on MTNL’s web site.