IPTV is still in its formative stages of development in the MENA region, according to a report by the Arab Advisors Group (AAG).
The report found the number of video services over IP networks had grown from four in August 2007 to a total of seven operators in six countries by May 2009.
In addition to these the report claims that another seven nations – including Egypt and Saudi Arabia – could soon launch IPTV services.
Presently, there are very few advanced applications available on existing IPTV platforms although there are plans among several telcos to begin rolling these out in the near future.
“[IPTV] platforms offer significant advantages such as video-on-demand (VOD) and triple-play services; automatic archiving of video content in Real Media format, making the TV viewing experience more interactive and personalised, the opportunity for integration and convergence, and it allows the operator to report statistics of programs/channels/adverts watched,” said Faten Bader, Arab Advisors senior research analyst.