Comstar beats Ukrtelecom to IPTV launch

5 Mar 2008

Russian fixed line and broadband operator Comstar UTS has announced that its Ukrainian division has launched commercial IPTV in Odessa, the country’s second largest city, and plans to expand the service to the capital Kiev by the end of this year. Comstar’s TV-over-broadband service is delivered via a fibre-optic network using IPSoft iVision software developed by Netris, and initially offers 60 broadcast TV channels, with further plans to up the number of channels to 90 and launch a video-on-demand (VoD) service. In January Comstar UTS inked a deal with Cisco to build an NGN multi-service backbone network in Kiev and Odessa to support triple-play applications. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, in December 2007 Ukrainian incumbent telco Ukrtelecom began trials of an IPTV service, U.tv, provided over ADSL2+ connections, but the service, a partnership with broadcaster Ukrainian Independent TV-Corporation (Inter), is yet to reach a commercial launch.

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