RailTel to launch Internet Protocol Television services
RailTel, a Mini Ratna PSU under the Ministry of Railways, is delivering Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) services to subscribers of its retail broadband service named “RailWire” in an effort to provide considerable value-added services to its clients. Instead of using broadcast TV, cable TV, or satellite signals, IPTV uses the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) suite to provide television programming and other multimedia material.
RailTel has teamed with City Online Media Private Ltd. Of Hyderabad, a leading IPTV service provider in India, to offer RailWire users IPTV services under the “ULKA TV” brand. Users of RailTel Broadband will get access to IPTV material via the company’s “ULKA Mini” mobile app and “ULKA LITE” smart TV app, both of which can be downloaded from the Google Play store. The greatest video quality available on the market will be delivered by this IPTV service using the most recent 4K technology and HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding).
The Eastern and North Eastern states of the nation, including West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur, and East Uttar Pradesh, will begin offering IPTV services as of January 26, 2023. The potential to provide RailTel with IPTV services.
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After evaluating feedback, regional demand, and technical logistics, clients in additional locations will be investigated.
With this feature, consumers will be able to use broadband internet services and high-definition digital TV channels on the same optical fibre pair through RailTel’s IP network. While certain Free to Air (FTA) stations can be watched without a Set Top Box (STB), others do. The ULKA TV STB is a unique intelligent gadget that functions like a miniature computer. It will offer more than 600 live satellite TV channels, as well as regional stations and well-known OTT programmes. By including a Bluetooth keyboard, this STB will enable two-way communication with TVs to support educational applications without a laptop or PC. Simply connecting a USB camera allows it to offer video conference capabilities as well.
Customers of RailWire broadband will be able to access ULKA TV services utilising portable Set-Top-Boxes (Sticks & Boxes), LAN, and Wi-Fi. It will no longer be necessary to instal a second cable TV dish antenna or a cable entrance into the house thanks to IPTV services. Given that it is being carried by optical fibre, the service will guarantee better viewing no matter the weather or cable failures. It will also be possible to view TV series and movies on many screens, including TVs, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and other devices, as long as you have internet connectivity. IPTV services offer smooth streaming, are reasonably priced, and give users the option to record their favourite programmes in case they accidentally missed one.
Speaking of it “The OFC network owned by RailTel reaches to over 70% of the population of the country, including rural areas,” said Shri. Sanjai Kumar, Chairman & Managing Director RailTel. RailTel is making progress on numerous fronts toward the development of a knowledge society with its Pan India high-capacity network. Broadband cable service growth is a priority for the Indian government, particularly in rural areas. The RailWire’s IPTV services will convert television households to internet households and create the foundation for smart home services. To lessen the urban-rural digital divide, further disseminate digital literacy, and hasten the country’s digital transformation, RailTel is dedicated to enhancing broadband connection in interior and distant areas of the nation.