There were over 75mn subscribers to managed IPTV services around the world by the end of 2012, with 3.6mn added in the last quarter alone, according to the latest figures from the Broadband Forum.
Overall, 11% of the world’s 643mn broadband subscribers now take an IPTV service, up from 10% at the end of 2011. IPTV is described by the report as remaining a “critical driver” for superfast broadband deployments.
While China, France and the US continue to hold the top three spots in IPTV, there is now strong very growth in the emerging markets of Korea (32%), Russia (86%) and the Netherlands (45%), according to these latest findings.
Fibre – and specifically fibre-to-the-x – continues to grow, with fibre deployments growing faster than all other access technologies, delivering over 27% annual growth in connections, compared to 7% for cable and 3% for DSL.