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IPTV upstarts in Brazil and Russia see early success

New IPTV services in major emerging markets like Brazil and Russia are enjoying notable success winning subscribers from their established pay-TV rivals, according to US firm Infonetics Research.

Brazil’s GVT has seen a 62% jump in subscribers last year, while Russia’s Rostelecom saw a 42% increase in the same period. Continuing the BRIC theme, China Telecom now has the most IPTV subscribers anywhere, with 20.5mn by the end of 2012.

This strong growth is not limited to emerging markets either: KPN in the Netherlands saw a 77% jump in IPTV subscribers in 2012, and Deutsche Telekom’s Eastern European divisions are also gaining IPTV subscribers at a healthy clip, says Infonetics.

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