IPTV rockets to 65.6 million subscribers

Joseph O'Halloran ©RapidTVNews | 20-06-2012

The global IPTV market has been one of the chief beneficiaries of a surge in the global broadband industry which has passed a milestone in Q1 2012 to go past 600 million global subscribers.
According to data published on behalf of the Broadband Forum by broadband industry analysts Point Topic, the global total of broadband subscribers has grown by over 100 million new lines in less than 18 months, with 16.1 million added in the first quarter of the year, up from just over 14 million in the last quarter of 2011.
This, says the analyst, has been great news for IPTV, described as the most demanding application for high speed broadband, which now has 65.6 million subscribers, up 3.8 million in the quarter. The survey showed that Asia was clearly in the IPTV driving seat with China adding over three times as many IPTV subscribers in the quarter as any other country.
And this situation is likely to continue, even though the analyst expects strong performance from traditional IPTV heavyweights France and the US which both reported accelerated growth. All major IPTV markets showed significant YOY growth for Q1 2012.

“This is another significant milestone in an exciting arena that shows no sign of slowing down,” commented Robin Mersh, CEO of the Broadband Forum. “It is just 18 months since we celebrated the 500 million subscriber watershed and even less time since IPTV subscribers reached 50 million - yet in both cases growth is still accelerating. It is especially rewarding to be making this announcement in Asia, which has contributed so much to fuelling this phenomenal success. I am also particularly pleased to see how exceptionally well fibre is doing, a clear indication of the importance of our continued efforts in testing and certification of G-PON.”