Vietnamese telco to bring IPTV service to mobile phones

Vietnamese telco VNPT--which just last month signed a deal with Alcatel-Lucent for its end-to-end IP Multimedia Subsystem solution, the first IMS project to be deployed in Vietnam--says its planning to bring its MyTV IPTV service to mobile phones by the end of 2011.

MyTV has added some 150,000 subscribers since its launch at the end of 2009, and the company says the growth rate has been faster than it anticipated. It's been especially well received in rural areas that have no other pay-TV options, VNPT said. Its 60-channel offering, which it plans to bring to increase to 100 within a year, is available in 63 cities and provinces.

Alcatel-Lucent's IMS network will allow VNPT to become a leading Next Generation Networks service provider in Vietnam and provide enhanced communication experiences to its customers. The IMS solution will help the migration of the existing PSTN services in VNPT and its subsidiary VTN to provide improved network performance, security and workforce productivity, as well as new revenue streams and future advanced mobile services.

"VNPT/VTN's deployment of IMS ensures its voice and multimedia services evolution by providing a scalable and flexible IP-based platform for multi-screen delivery capability across device types and fixed and mobile access. By optimizing services delivery and providing anywhere, anytime interconnectivity, IMS will extend the reach, personalization and profitability of VNPT/VTN's services," said Alain Biston, head of Alcatel-Lucent's activities in North and South East Asia.

Added VTN Director Luong Manh Hoang: "VNPT/VTN is entering a major network transformation era," said Luong Manh Hoang, Director of VTN.  "We are investing in our infrastructure - focusing especially on broadband, value-added-services in NGN and IP technology - so that we can provide the advanced services our customers demand.  In this strategy, IMS is key and we believe in Alcatel-Lucent's solution as much as we appreciate our long-term partnership with them for the last 20 years."

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