Germany's Deutsche Telekom is not often mentioned among Europe's IPTV leaders, but the telco reported a 33 percent jump in IPTV orders during the third quarter, and now has about 333,000 customer orders total for its Entertain IPTV service. About 257,000 customers actually had service activated at the end of the third quarter. DT is aiming to get 500,000 customers signed up by the end of this year.
For a telco that experienced delays launching the service in 2006 and fell behind competitor HanseNet, DT's IPTV efforts have definitely picked up steam. Still, to put DT's IPTV numbers in perspective, France Telecom's Orange has about 1.5 million TV customers in France and about 1.7 million TV customers total in Europe.
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