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TalkTalk is laying the foundations for a hugely expanded broadband TV offering, after confirming it is mulling whether to make its TV product available through Project Canvas.

The broadband provider acquired the on-demand TV service with the purchase of rival supplier Tiscali last year and rebranded the offering TalkTalk TV in January 2010.

Should TalkTalk use Project Canvas as a means to deliver its TV service, it would allow it to offer users an enhanced TV service with catch-up TV services such as the BBC iPlayer, as well as standard TV services over an internet-connected set-top box.

The move comes as TalkTalk also announced plans for an extensive network upgrade, which would set the scene for a TV offering to rival those of BT and Virgin Media while simultaneously massively boosting scope for take-up.

A statement on the supplier’s official blog read: “We’ve currently unbundled just over 1,700 phone exchanges around the UK, meaning that our customers near these exchanges are on our own fibre network rather than on BT’s legacy infrastructure.

“This gives us coverage for about 80 per cent of the UK population but our aim is to increase this over the next year. We’re planning to unbundle a further 300 exchanges, taken us to over 2,000 in total, and pushing us to coverage of nearly 90 per cent of the population.”

Improvements to the TalkTalk network and its capacity come amid forecasts that data consumption will grow by 50 per cent year on year over the next few years.

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