Europe’s IPTV subscribers up 45% on year

March 30, 2009

The number of IPTV subscribers in Western Europe increased 45% on year during 2008 to 10.4 million, compared to 7.0 million the previous year, according to new figures released by the Broadband Forum.

France is the largest IPTV market in the region, with over 5 million subscribers.

Global subscriptions increased 63% to 21.8 million, compared to 13.3 million in 2007.

The three largest IPTV subscription regions behind Western Europe were North America (3.8m), South and East Asia (3.6m), and Asia-Pacific (3.1m).

Middle East and Africa remained static on year, with 10,000 subscribers.

Market analyst John Bonsell said: “During 2008, IPTV operators showed that TV over IP could be deployed on a large scale.”

The worldwide growth in broadband connections continued, albeit at a slower rate.

The number of households and businesses connected to broadband increased 62.6 million during 2008 to 410.9 million.

Bonsell said: “As expected, due to the global economic situation, broadband growth slowed, however all countries experienced overall growth during the last year.”

China saw the biggest growth, increasing broadband subscribers from 66.5m to 83.3m.

The US saw broadband subscribers increase from 69.9m to 79.0m, whilst Japan’s connections grew from 28.4m to 30.3m.

George Dobrowski, Broadband Forum’s chairman and president, said: “This report shows that despite the economic situation the world is facing, the demand for both broadband and IPTV continues to expand.


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