CHT reduces IPTV target

Taiwan carrier Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) has further reduced the target number of its MOD (multimedia on demand) based IPTV subscribers for the end of 2008 from 800,000 to 700,000. In July, CHT lowered the target number from one million to 800,000. The company currently claims about 603,000 subs with activation rates at less than 40 per cent for linear pay channels.

Meanwhile, CHT plans to shift more than 3,000 users currently testing an MSTV, Microsoft-developed IPTV, MOD system to the Alcatel-Lucent-developed OMP (open media platform). CHT originally planned to switch its user base to MSTV in place of OMP but has not yet committed to the decision. Currently there are more than 80 channels available on CHTs OMP system but fewer than 40 channels through MSTV.

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