Nepal set for two IPTV launches in 2015

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 11 February 2015

A partnership between ISPs WorldLink, Vianet and New IT Venture, and a separate project by Subisu, will culminate in two Internet protocol TV (IPTV) service launches in Nepal this year, according to local reports.

The WorldLink, Vianet and New IT Venture service named NET TV, is expected to launch an 18-channel IPTV service in a few months' time.

Maheswor Thapa, sales officer of WorldLink, said the IPTV service would be part of a triple-play offer of high speed Internet, television and voice services through a single cable.

A range of live TV channels, as well as video-on-demand (VOD) and catch-up TV services will be delivered through the IPTV service. Subscribers will be given a set-top box through which to access the service.

Sudhir Parajuli, CEO of Subisu, said the technical installation has been completed and the company is now finalising the content to be offered on its IPTV service, which will be launched by May.

Subisu is so far licensed to offer 15 channels, according to the Ministry of Information and Communication which charges a registration fee of NPR5,000 (US$50) and licensing fee of NPR25,000 ($251.70) per channel.

The companies recently demonstrated IPTV technology during the CAN Info-Tech 2015 event in Kathmandu.