Network Convergence

Asia Pacific telecom market to fuel IPTV growth

Updated:2012/6/12 14:50

Global IPTV subscriptions will increase by 70 percent from 2012 to 2017.

Asia Pacific will have 100 percent growth.

Asia-Pacific region will account for more than 60 percent of total net additions in 2012. The growth will depend mainly on China, India, and other countries with low pay-TV penetration such as Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Currently, less than 15 percent of pay-TV subscribers in the region subscribe to high-definition (HD) services.

HD service adoption is highest in North America, followed by Western Europe and the Asia-Pacific.

Key markets of the Asia-Pacific region, such as China and India, are carrying out nationwide cable TV digitization. Digitization is expected to increase HD services and adoption in the years to come. More than 18 percent of total pay-TV subscribers in the Asia-Pacific will subscriber to HD services in 2012.

Global pay-TV subscribers will reach 853.5 million at the end of 2012, with 116 million IPTV subscribers.

Cable operators are investing in the digitization of their networks to compete with satellite and IPTV platforms.

"Satellite and IPTV networks have been able to deliver better channel selection and higher quality signals than analog TV platforms. When faced with technology changes "“ including digital terrestrial (DTT) transitions and cable digitization requiring a set-top box, customers are likely to consider satellite and IPTV alternatives," said Sam Rosen, practice director, TV & video, ABI Research.

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