At the IPTV World Forum North America last month in Chicago, Kelvin Shepherd, president of consumer markets at Canadian IPTV pioneer MTS Allstream, said the carrier was planning to expand outside of its home market of Winnipeg, where it has collected more than 80,000 IPTV customers. The telco is now a step closer to making that happen after gaining regulatory approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to offer service in nearby Portage la Prairie. MTS also has its sights set on Brandon, Manitoba.
MTS Allstream is the largest IPTV service provider in Canada, and Shepherd said at the Chicago event last month, that after almost six years in business, the next phase of IPTV maturity for the telco would be characterized by expansion to counter the reality of increasing competition. Much of it is expected to come from the over-the-top video providers that actually run over telco networks.
- see this report at Digital Home Canada
MTS Allstream visited Chicago last month. MTS Allstream report
Bell Canada and Ixia have been looking at IPTV quality. Bell Canada report