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Akado aims to launch interactive OTT offering this year

Russian service provider Akado plans to launch an interactive digital OTT TV service by the autumn, the company’s spokesman Denis Rychkov has told local journalists at the CSTB trade show in Moscow.

Rychkov said that the cable and pay TV operator, which operates in the Moscow region, will decide on a supplier by the middle of this year in the hope of launching something in the third quarter.

Akado has lagged behind rival platform operators in launching an advanced TV offering, and has been mulling its options for the last two years without taking a final decision. Rychkov told journalists that the operator wants to launch something that will put it ahead of other players in the market.

The company currently offers a linear digital TV service. Exhibiting at CSTB, Akado teamed up with channel and content provider Amedia to highlight premium content. The company also demonstrated the ability of its network to deliver internet speeds of up to 1Gbps through DOCSIS 3.0.