Mixed picture for Comstar pay-TV operations

By Chris Dziadul
Published: August 25, 2010 10.14 Europe/London

Russia’s Comstar-UTS ended the second quarter with 121,000 triple-play subscribers in Moscow, a 9% reduction on the same period last year.
Its ARPU was also sharply down year-on-year, by 51% in rouble terms to R272 (€7.0) and 47% in dollars to $9.1.

However, it was a different picture in the regions, where the company ended the second quarter with 2,055,000 pay-TV subscribers, a 5% increase on a year earlier. Its ARPU was also up, at R112 (+6%) and $3.7 (+13%).

All told, the company had 2,176,000 pay-TV subscribers nationally at the end of June, or 4% more than a year earlier. Its broadband internet subscriber total (1,437,000, +22%), was also substantially higher.