FPT Telecom licensed to offer cable TV service

Van Oanh

FPT Telecom is permitted to provide cable TV service nationwide and the company can apply different technologies in different localities.

FPT Telecom is allowed to offer digital cable TV service across the country. However, it cannot provide analog cable TV service in Hanoi, HCMC, Haiphong, Danang, Can Tho, Khanh Hoa, Lam Dong and Dak Lak.

Nguyen Van Khoa, director of FPT Telecom, said his company would try to launch its cable TV service soon, no later than one month after the license issuance.

Previously, FPT Telecom was licensed to supply another type of pay TV service, namely Internet protocol television (IPTV). However, as this service requires heavy investment from both the service provider and the user, the company can hardly make investment efficient, said Khoa.

Cable TV is now popular, producing a change in habit and thinking of the users. Investment in a cable TV network is not as great as an investment in a telecom network.

Khoa said there were many types of pay TV, like IPTV, cable TV, digital terrestrial TV and digital satellite TV. The current trend is to offer many services on the same infrastructure of a telecom network.

Therefore, it is essential that FPT Telecom add pay TV service to its telecom network, Khoa said.

FPT has developed infrastructure in nearly 50 cities and provinces, which is designed to provide many services, including cable TV.

Speaking at a recent meeting of the information ministry, Minister Nguyen Bac Son said: “There are currently 47 pay TV service providers nationwide. In the future, the ministry will license more units to provide this service.”

Apart from FPT Telecom and Viettel that have just received cable TV service licenses, VNPT and AVG have also applied for a license to provide cable TV service.

When knowing that telecom companies are looking to become cable TV service providers, the Vietnam Pay Television Association had, along with some industry players, sent petitions to the information ministry and relevant agencies, urging them not to issue licenses to telecom companies for particular reasons. Such a petition has been turned down by the ministry.