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 Monday, May 06, 2013

The Agency for Electronic Communications (AEC) has published its latest observatory of Macedonia’s telecoms markets for the period ended 31 December 2012, showing that the total number of main lines in service (PSTN and ISDN) reached 408,318 at that date, up from 407,896 three months earlier, but down 3.25% on the 422,053 lines reported at end-2011. Meanwhile the number of residential fixed line subscribers dropped by 3.44% in the year under review to 364,598 and business lines dipped 1.70% to 43,720. The total number of internet connections was 312,272, compared to 302,257 at end-September 2012 and 282,370 at the start of the year. The total number of TV subscribers reached 278,140, compared to 251,584 at the start of the year, of which 66,541 were IPTV subscribers (+65.82%).

In the mobile segment, the AEC reported a total of 2.235 million active mobile subscribers, down 2.80% from 2.299 million in September 2012, but higher than the 2.213 million figure reported at end-2011. Of these, the number of mobile broadband (2G/3G) users stood at 505,596, up 35.44% from 373,288 a year earlier; 2G narrowband users topped 260,926 (+64.73%).

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, May 06, 2013 9:29:33 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, February 18, 2013

According to data published by Brazil’s telecoms regulator Asociacion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Anatel), the country’s pay-TV sector totalled 16.2 million subscribers at 31 December 2012, thanks to net additions of 3.44 million new users in the year. Brazil’s enthusiasm for pay-TV continues unabated: the total for end-August 2012 was 15.1 million subscribers – up 319,500 in a month, and 30% higher than at the same point in 2011.

In terms of access platforms, the most popular technology being used is DTH, which accounted for 60.80% of the total subscriber base, while cable-based connections were taken by 38.29% of customers (a small decrease compared to November 2012). Meanwhile, multichannel multipoint distribution service (MMDS), or wireless cable as it is also known, is rapidly declining as a preferred technology option, and by end-December 2012 had only 142,113 subscribers nationwide. At the same date, Anatel reports that Net Servicos/Embratel had a total of 8.495 million pay-TV customers, up 1.497 million year-on-year, ahead of Sky (DirecTV) in second place with 5.039 million (+1.242 million). Oi SA took third spot with 748,758 subscribers – a net gain of 397,575 in one year – while Telefonica (Vivo) and Global Village Telecom (GVT) took the minor rankings with 594,907 and 425,635 pay-TV subscribers respectively.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, February 18, 2013 11:14:26 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, January 24, 2013

Macedonia’s industry regulator the Agency for Electronic Communications (AEC) has published its latest observatory of the country’s telecoms markets for the period ended 30 September 2012. At that date the watchdog counted a total of 2.299 million active mobile subscribers, up 1.9% from 2.257 million in September 2011. Of these, the number of mobile broadband (2G/3G) users stood at 446,288, up 15.9% from 384,988 a year earlier; 2G narrowband users topped 172,787 (+63.8%). The Macedonian regulator also said that mobile phone users generated voice traffic of over 1.020 billion minutes in Q3 2012, up 17.3% y-o-y and 3.7% higher than in Q2 2012.

The total number of main lines in service (PSTN and ISDN) reached 407.896 at end-September 2012, down 1.4% year-on-year, of which business lines accounted for 43,615 (-0.02%). Meanwhile the number of residential fixed line subscribers dropped by 1.5% in the year under review to 364,281. The total number of internet connections was 302,257, compared to 271,773 at end-September 2011. IPTV subscriptions stood at 58,385, up 64.9% on an annualised basis.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 10:07:13 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
About 35.3 percent of TV homes in Sub-Saharan Africa took digital signals by end-2012, according to a study by Digital TV Research. The digital TV penetration will grow to 95.5 percent by 2018, with household numbers quadrupling to 49 million. Full digital transition will have been completed in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia by end-2015. Two-thirds of the region's TV households still received analogue terrestrial signals by end-2012, though this proportion will drop to 4.5 percent in 2018. Two-thirds of television homes will take DTT (pay and free-to-air combined) in 2018, up from only 11.7 percent at end-2012. Sub-Saharan Africa will have 33.8 million DTT homes by 2018, 25.7 million FTA and 8 million pay, up from 4.6 million in total at end-2012.

Source: Telecom Paper.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 9:49:39 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Dutch digital TV market will grow to over 6 million subscribers in 2011, according to market researcher Telecompaper. In 2010, the market grew 15 percent to 5.44 million subscribers at year-end. In the fourth quarter alone, the market added a net 177,200 new digital TV subscribers, taking digital TV's share of the entire TV market to 67.8 percent.

Overall, TV subscriptions in the Netherlands increased to 8.03 million at the end of 2010. Cable accounted for 55.3 percent of digital TV connections, followed by satellite with 17.3 percent (down 0.9%), terrestrial with 16.5 percent (down 0.6%) and IPTV with 9.1 percent, up 0.7 percent during the fourth quarter. FTTH had 1.8 percent of the digital TV market. Cable operator Ziggo was the largest digital TV provider with a market share of 33.2 percent at year-end. KPN came second with 22 percent of the market, followed by cable operator UPC with 16.4 percent and satellite TV provider CanalDigitaal with 15.1 percent.

Source: Telecom Paper

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 4:01:49 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, March 05, 2010

A total of 1.141 million Hungarian households were receiving digital TV broadcast signals from one of the country’s 14 leading service providers at the end of 2009, a significant increase on the same time a year earlier, Broadband TV News reports citing data published by the National Communications Authority (NHH). In December alone, more than 23,000 homes signed up to one or other of the main digital TV suppliers, which between them account for 80%-85% of the total domestic market. As at 31 December, UPC’s local unit was the leading digital TV provider by subscribers with a 31.9% market share, down from 32.1% in November. Second spot was claimed by Digi with 23.4% (23.9% in November) and Magyar Telekom’s T-Home took 21.5% (20.8%). Previously, the watchdog estimated that of the country’s roughly 3.8 million homes with a TV, around three million take some form of television subscription.

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, March 05, 2010 10:25:15 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, February 01, 2010

Brazil’s telecoms regulator Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes (Anatel) said the country was home to 7.47 million pay-TV subscribers as at 31 December 2009, up 18.2% year-on-year and the single largest yearly gain since 2002 when subscriptions leapt 26%. Net additions last year topped 1.15 million, Anatel said, compared with a rise of 972,281 in 2008, driven it said by a proliferation in the availability of multi-play packages.

The most popular access platform last year was cable TV which accounted for 57.9% of all pay-TV accesses, followed by satellite direct-to-home (DTH) technology with 37.3% and multichannel multipoint distribution service (MMDS) technology with 4.8%.

In terms of regional growth, Anatel reported strong uptake in northern Brazil. The northern region expanded by 28% last year, followed by the northeast with 21.9%. The principal operators in the domestic pay-TV market in Brazil are NET Servicos, Sky, TVA/Telefonica, Oi TV and Embratel.

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, February 01, 2010 11:59:44 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, July 18, 2008

According to the annual report of the Georgian National Communications Commission (GNCC), sales in the country's electronic communications market (telecoms, TV and radio) reached GEL1.1 billion (USD784 million) in 2007, up 10% year-on-year. The sector accounts for 6.6% of Georgia's overall GDP, down from 7.5% in 2006. Cellcos earned 63.3% of overall revenues, ahead of fixed line telcos with 29.5% and TV and radio broadcasters with 7.2%.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, July 18, 2008 12:10:55 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, March 10, 2008

Over the last ten years, the African broadcast industry has slowly been liberalising and over the last year, the pace of this process has quickened. New Free-To-Air channels are planned in an increasing number of countries and there are new entrants to the Pay-TV market which has begun to grow in size.

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This week sees the publication of African Broadcast and Film Markets by Balancing Act in association with Intermedia. It is over 340 pages long and has 132 charts, 41 tables of statistical data and 12 graphic maps.
 
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Source: Balancing Act.

Monday, March 10, 2008 9:51:57 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |