A triple-play package of voice, internet and 25 IP TV channels will be Lattelecom's basic offering to all new private customers in the near future, according to Lattelecom's director of content business Gints Kirsteins (this is a short title, you see why I simply call these people honchos?).
Existing customers will be able to upgrade their ordinary phone or HomeDSL packages to the new service, which will involve installing new DSL modems and delivering an IPTV decoder for ordinary TV sets.
The service will have a video-on-demand option offering all films with original soundtracks and a choice of subtitles (plus local language soundtracks for children's films. This will be an extra-pay service, as will be subscription to an additional 18 channels of IPTV. The services will be identical to digital cable, with soundtrack options, etc.
The new triple-play option will be tentatively offered in April, pending final testing.
Also rumored is a softphone option for both business and home users that would link a Lattelecom number to an internet address and allow local calls (free for Home package users) to the user anywhere in the world, as well as low-cost or free calls to all Lattelecom numbers regardless of whether the customer is in Riga or Riyadh.