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IPTV beating cable on growth

A major review of the world’s biggest TV and broadband operators by SNL Kagan has found that telcos in the world’s developed markets are outpacing their cable rivals in terms of TV growth, with IPTV services from AT&T, France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom registering the most additions.

US cable giant Comcast remained the world’s largest pay-TV provider by the end of 2012 with 22mn subscribers, while China Telecom was the top provider of fixed broadband with 90mn customers.

On a regional level, China’s ongoing cable consolidation and India’s continued DTH surge have produced many top pay-TV operators in Asia Pacific, according to the report, which adds that the region’s ten largest operators each served more than 10mn video subscribers and still are on track for further growth.

Strong DTH uptake has also taken place in Latin America, where top providers SKY Brasil, Sky Mexico and America Movil’s Claro made the most aggressive subscriber net additions in 2012.

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