Sumicity plots IPTV service for Brazil

Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 13-11-2013

Sumicity, the Brazilian ISP, is planning to launch IPTV in the Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro regions in January. It will deliver major broadcast channels except Globosat.

According to Sergio Vicente Gomes da Silva, CEO of Sumicity, the company is putting the finishing touches to a headend in Carmo, and will eventually migrate its infrastructure to fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) service over the next 12 months. For now, it will use existing infrastructure, which delivers broadband to 18,000 Internet subscribers, and will use Conax conditional access and Homecast set-top boxes (STBs) to launch TV.

"'It's a big investment, which will provide better content, including HD," said Gomes da Silva, speaking to Prensario.

The initial rollouts will reach Alem Paraiba, in the state of Minas Gerais, and Carmo, Sumidouro, Guapirim and part of Teresopolis, in the state of Rio de Janeiro. The latter will be covered in full with FTTH infrastructure by the end of 2014.

Eventually, Sumicity will expand IPTV to less populated areas, using wireless and satellite/DTH partnerships.