Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 13-08-2013
Although its fibre network in Colombia is not yet finished, Azteca TV has already given thought as to how to use the 19,000km of cable which will be spread throughout the country. The Colombian subsidiary of Grupo Salinas is to launch a pay-TV service of around 40 channels, some of them broadcast by IPTV technology and the rest through an over-the-top (OTT) platform.
Azteca has already built 13,000km of its fibre network, which is expected to be finished next year. It then plans to launch a TV service for over 750 cities and towns which are covered by the fibre network. The cable extension comes after Azteca won the public tender for the Compartel public plan, which aims to cover 95% of Colombia's towns with fibre.
Azteca wants to repeat the success achieved with Totalmovie, which offers VOD OTT services in Latin America, and Totalplay, a Mexican platform operating exclusively through IPTV.
As well as its own network, Azteca will use Verimatrix's conditional access system (CAS) and Netgem's hybrid set-top boxes for IPTV and OTT. The service will also have nine nodes in the content delivery network to strengthen the streaming system.
The establishment of a fibre network in Colombia has been a huge task for the Mexican company, which recorded an 86% fall in profit in its last financial report, according to El Economista. Grupo Salinas sees potential in expanding in the Colombian market, which will bring stability and strength to its media business.