IOL Broadband partners with MTNL to launch India's 1st IPTV Service

Mumbai, October 14, 2006: IOL Broadband Ltd. has rolled out India's first IPTV service in Mumbai, with Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. (MTNL), one of India's major telecom operators. IOL Broadband Limited has entered into a strategic partnership with MTNL for providing Content Delivery Network. Since beginning of the year 2006, IPTV services are gaining tremendous momentum worldwide and this roll out will bring India into the centre stage to join the group of technically advanced countries and make available the next generation entertainment service.

It is estimated that already 2 million IPTV connections have been booked worldwide. The Subscriber base is expected to reach 10 million by year 2007. MTNL will offer IPTV services to its existing 2.2 million subscribers in Mumbai in the first phase.

"This project is very significant as it marks the first IPTV service rollout in India. We are delighted to be associated with MTNL in this Pioneering effort. We also acknowledge and appreciate the support & efforts put in by the world's best technology partners to achieve this landmark." A.S.Oberai - Director, IOL Broadband Ltd.

"We have signed with IOL Broadband Ltd., as our partners for establishing the content Delivery Network in Mumbai. We are confident that with this tie-up all MTNL subscribers in Mumbai will see a revolution in Home Entertainment." Mr. R.S.P. Sinha, Chairman & Managing Director - MTNL.

Subscribers can control & choose - 100's of TV channels, Real Time Interactive TV, Video On Demand, Music On Demand, Pause and Play, Time Shifted Television Viewing and eLearning along with excellent picture quality and superior sound effects. With this paradigm shift, the focus will be shifted from Conventional Driven entertainment to consumer demand entertainment. IPTV is going to replace the traditional methods of viewing television soon.

IPTV is a system where digital quality television service is delivered to consumers using Broadband connection.

IOL Broadband Ltd. has advanced IP based Next Generation Network (IP-NGN). Also IOL Broadband Ltd. is India's first IPTV service provider to demonstrate a fully workable IPTV solution. IOL Broadband Ltd. has implemented state-of-the-art technology sourced globally, which has been successfully setup, integrated and tested overseas. With an enriched content viz, Best of Television channels, Movies from Bollywood and Hollywood studio viz, Warner Bros, MGM, Universal, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, etc. These contents will be compressed by the world's best and latest technology standard MPEG-4 H.264 (Part 10) and will be streamed to customers on 1.8 to 2.5 Mbps bandwidth.

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