IPTV homes to grow 52% annually

The world’s telcos are – at long last – seeing some positive traction from the IPTV investments.

A study from IMS Research*, the Austin, Texas, technology research specialists, says that about 13.2m homes received IP-based TV services last year, with almost 8.4m IP-enabled set-top boxes shipping worldwide. But these next few years will be even better.

IMS say that between 2007 and 2012 vendors and service providers will enjoy annual growth of some 52% for their IPTV services.

Shane Walker, research analyst and author of the study, states: “The increasingly competitive pay-TV landscape with proliferation of new content, triple/quadruple play offerings, and new internet-based TV services is one of the main factors behind IPTV household growth. Another important factor is the rapid uptake of IPTV services in China and South Korea as governments relax regulations restricting deployment and as telcos become more involved with expanding IPTV services.”

The multi-play offerings being rolled-out by telcos to gain a competitive advantage include a combination of IPTV, VoIP, Internet, mobile and premises security in addition to advanced services such as VOD. In addition to an analysis of current commercial and technological trends surrounding IPTV, the report provides forecasts through 2012 for IPTV households, IP STB shipments and IP STB revenues, says the study.
*IPTV: A Global Market Analysis, IMS Research