KPN launches 4G television pilot

February 21, 2014 09.20 Europe/London By Robert Briel

Samsung_MobileTVDutch incumbent telecom operator KPN plans to launch a ten-channel TV pilot over its 4G network before the summer.

Jaap Postma, director consumer market, KPN, told the audience at the KPN Market Capital Day that a bouquet of ten channels will be offered as a TV Everywhere service. The service will carry a monthly subscription fee, but the streaming will not use up the viewer’s data bundle.

In the years 2008 – 2011 the operator offered its KPN MobielTV service using DVB-H standard, but this was deemed a failure because of lack of consumer interest and a shortage of DVB-H equipped phones.

Meanwhile, KPN has also stopped actively selling its DVB-T product Digitenne. During the past years, the operator has been trying to move its DTT subscribers to thee operators IPTV service. KPN’s licence to run Digitenne expires on February 1, 2017.

During 2013, Digitenne lost around 100,000 subscribers – mainly due to a significant price increase.