South Africa: IPTV before digital broadcasting

South Africa’s telecommunications companies could well take advantage of IPTV, especially if it is implemented before the digital terrestrial television migration (DTT) expected in November.Speaking at the TM Forum, Sami Matri, Safrecom senior multimedia consultant for France Telecom, likened the African climate to that experienced by France. "Businesses in Africa need to open the right window. In France, that window was also the opportunity to launch IPTV services before DTT." He said without the heavy competition of large numbers of digital channels in traditional broadcast streams, French telecoms companies had the advantage of providing local content before the broadcasters.

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