Deutsche Telekom’s positioning as a provider of services within the connected home is being rewarded with increased if not substantial numbers for its TV services. It says its Entertain and Home Gateways will become hubs for media, entertainment, and home automation, while strengthening is TV business.
To date 1.3 million Entertain packages have been sold with 971,000 IPTV installations of the IPTV service as of June 30, 2010, from 896,000 at March 30, 2010 and 561,000 in June 2009.
In Southern and Eastern Europe combined growth in DSL lines, IPTV and cable connection grew revenues by 9.5% to €2.8 billion.
“Our TV strategy in Southern and Eastern Europe shows extremely good success. We offer cable or Internet television in various markets, for example in Greece, Hungary, Romania, Croatia, and Slovakia. The number of TV customers grew by 31 percent year-on-year to 2.1 million, with 67,000 net adds in Q2 alone,” said Timotheus Höttges, board member responsible for finance, Deutsche Telekom.
In Greece, the fledgling IPTV service has reached 30,000 subscribers, a little over a year since launch. Romania saw a quarterly increase of 8,000 to 12,000 households; Hungary declared 88,000 IPTV subscribers (see separate story); and Croatia a 6,000 subscriber climb to 257,000 households.