Russian telco North-West Telecom has reached nearly 6,000 subscribers for its IPTV service 'Avangard TV', which it launched commercially in December 2007 to its customer base in the north-west of Russia..

The company has also revealed that it has very recently passed 700,000 broadband customers, compared to 300,000 at the end of 2007 and 600,000 at the end of last year. North-West Telecom also launched triple-play services commercially at the end of last year, based on PON access technology.

The leader of the Russian IPTV market is indisputably Comstar-UTS, which has around 150,000 subscribers in the Moscow market alone for its service 'Stream TV', while Central Telegraph (also owned by Svyazinvest, parent company of North-West Telecom) had around 12,000 subscribers to its IPTV service 'Qwerty TV' at the end of June 2008, and Southern Telecommunications (another Svyazinvest asset) had around 12,000 subscribers to its IPTV service 'DiSeL-TV' at the end of last June.