ER-Telecom’s expands to new cities

Russian service provider ER-Telecom has launched its TV service five new cities – Lipetsk, Naberezhnye Chelny, Nizhnekamsk, Orenburg and Ufa.

The latest launches follow those in nine other cities – Yekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Omsk, Perm, Samara, Tyumen and Chelyabinsk – over the last two months. ER-Telecom says it will launch the service in all cities in which it has operations by the end of next year. TV offers a basic HD package of 23 channels, which ER-Telecom says is the largest number of HD channels offered in basic amongst Russian TV operators. The company said it plans to increase the number of HD channels in the offering to 60 by the end of next year. The service will also offer over 90 standard-definition channels, as well as a range of interactive services including access to Russia’s Vkontakte social networking site, video-on-demand, live pause and DVR.

Last week the operator added three new HD services – MGM HD, SET HD and MyZen HD.

ER-Telecom is providing a hybrid service with TV services delivered over coax and interactive services provided via IP over copper.

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