Colombia's Azteca Comunicaciones is almost ready to launch an online TV service through its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network.
According to Alexandra Reyes, the company's president, who was interviewed by La República, the platform will be operational by Q2 or Q3 2014.
The subsidiary of Mexico-based Grupo Salinas has been deploying an FTTH network in Colombia since 2011, aiming to connect over 700 towns with high speed Internet, for which around $635 million was invested. The network is not finished, but according to Reyes it is coming along well, with around 70% of the network already built with 550 towns already connected to it.
The project comes within the public programme Vive Digital, which aims to improve the country's digital communication networks. The Government is supporting the initiative in order to connect some of Colombia's remote areas and less populated regions.
As in many other areas of Latin America, the geographical difficulties are also present in this project. Azteca Comunicaciones has been using the existing electrical infrastructure in order to be faster, but it has also built an extensive network itself through the mountainous zones of the country.
The IPTV service is already working in beta in 60 towns, and the company plans to launch it commercially in summer 2014. The network is already being used by some of the country's largest operators, such as Claro, Telefónica and Tigo, to offer both Internet and TV services.