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Aksh Ties Up With BSNL For IPTV; “IPTV To Do For India What PC Did For States”

Aksh Optifibre has tied up with BSNL to provide IPTV services over the state owned telcos network. BSNL currently has a total landline network of 40 million across India and 6 million in the north. The 20 cities covered will be across North India including the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and UP (West). As per the agreement Aksh needs to have 10,000 IPTV subscribers within 9 months across 20 cities.

According to this report the incremental cost for acquiring, creating content and subscribers is expected to be Rs 5 billion. Aksh has recently concluded a GDR / FCCB issue of USD $40 million in January 2008 to part finance the IPTV and VOIP services in Delhi and Mumbai. Asked in an interview about their strategy for IPTV, Mrs Namrata Sengupta, AGM Corporate Strategy replied “The strategy for IPTV is establishing two-way communication interactivity for the consumer which means you request for a program and you are delivered the same.” Well…somebody has been reading Wikipedia.

Aksh seems to be using a DRM’d digital video recorder cum set-top box considering a subscriber can re-view programs past 7 days. As per the interview, Sengupata adds Aksh is investing $37 million in its services business on IPTV and VoIP platforms and $7 million to expand the production capacity of optical fibre cable and FRP rods by around 20-50 per cent. She ends on a high note (sic) stating IPTV will do to India what the PC did to the US.

Shares of the company declined Rs 1.7, or 3.79%, to trade at Rs 43.2

12 Responses to “Aksh Ties Up With BSNL For IPTV; “IPTV To Do For India What PC Did For States””

  1. Premkumar

    My Telephone No is 25913229,Installed IPTV ON 022-04-09 after a long chase to the call center & ultimately after the approach to the AGM after 21 days . It shows that the administrative set up is very poor that a person has to approach AGM for basic problem. AT THAT TIME IPTV Customer Executive & Installer has told me regarding all the VOD are Free. And also that Zee premium., Zee action & Zee classic channels are also included in the list. However it seems it is only cheating. Within a span of 7-10 days it has gone out of service twice & still it is non functional and one has to spend a lot[Money & Time] on telephone calls to their so called (tourcher) help line to get only lip service, who is going to pay for these bills? Is their any administrative set up to monitor the activities of their call center ,why they are shy to respond the consumer, what is the level of knowledge of call center executives, they should know this is the time they should look into and improve. This is buyers market since MTNL name is associated with you we all go for IPTV.
    and how they can charge for not providing the services. I think this is a fit case to submit to consumer forum as well to trai and to the ministry of telecommunication,ministry of consumer forum along with media so that this company should be black listed with a wider exposure to the public to save them from being cheated by I controls misleading ads. Even for time shift programs no one knows from the help line which channels are are in operation. If aksh & mtnl do not have the proper infrastructure/services they should stop these services till they have fully tested the system for uninterpreted service. We all reserve our right to claim the damages as well the basic cost we have been charged by you for not providing the service.

  2. RITU GOEL

    My Telephone No is 22116493 ,Installed IPTV ON 07-11-08 AT THAT TIME IPTV Coustomer Executive & Installer has told me regarding all the VOD are Free .When we have received January Bill All the VOD Charges added . I have been makinng almost daily complaints to Aksh since 19-03-2009 but till date But till date Ihave not received any reply .Only they are divert the Main issue . I am now fed up with IPTV response. Please advise

    RITU GOEL

  3. S C KOHLI

    My Telephone No is 22241396 and one of the paid Subscriber of IP TV controlled by Aksh TV. While free IP TV was being offerred in our Society, i did not opt for the connection. I am one of the few ie 1 or two unfortunate persons who had subscribed for the IP TV in my society ie PHARMA APOPARTMENTS 88 IP EXTENTION DELHI-110092.. I have been makinng almost daily complaints to Aksh since 22-03-2009 but till date no body has bothered to attend to my complaint. Every time I am assured that my complaint would be attended in 48 Hours. The same p[roblem has been faced by me about a month back and for almost 10 days there was no response. I am now fed up with your services and request that the connection should be disconnected as you are unable to provide service as promised.
    My family cannot afford to miss the continuity of the Searials and if you can not provide un interupted please disconnect my connection and I would like to switch over to Cable TV which is much better and has unintereupted service.and also return my security.

    S C KOHLI
    Ph 20414546

  4. I do agree with Narayan. Aksh has the worst service. Don't go for IPTV in atleast chandigarh and surrounding areas. They took the check from me on 12.02.2009 and installed it on 03.03.2009 and it's non functional from 06.03.2009 till date. They keep on assuring you that it will start working in an hour or so but that hour never comes to an end. I don't recommend it at all.

  5. Narayan SAhu

    AKSH are having one of the worst services in the industry. They have taken cheque from since one month and after one month , they keep on repeating to install the IPTV within 21 days. I have very bad experience with them. Never recommend to any body to have IPTV from AKSH/MTNL.

  6. K C Mathew

    Aksh tie up with MTNL for IPTV is a disastrous. I got a connection few days ago but it has lot of problem, inspite of repeated complaints on phone, email nobody has even bothered to attend the complaint. The only answer I am getting is that they are in the process of upgrading their system.

    I am flashing this message so that poor customers should not come into the trap of such companies

  7. Are they ready with such high sped Internet,so as to provide such contents.

    Why they are only going for Northern States,any special preference or what.

    Who is going for madhya pradesh ,and in which cities and when,

    Best Regards..

  8. Are they ready with such high sped Internet,so as to provide such contents.

    Why they are only going for Northern States,any special preference or what.

    Best Regards..