IP&TV WORLD FORUM – LONDON. The number of subscribers to IPTV grew by a record 34.6% during 2010, but Europe began to falter amid signs of a maturing market.
Figures complied by Point Topic on behalf of the Broadband Forum showed that while Europe held on to its number one regional spot, the overall growth rate was lower when compared to other markets. The slowdown was particularly noticeable in France and Belgium.
“2010 was a banner year for IPTV and broadband. We have watched how broadband is changing the world and creating a connected society that few could have imagined a few years ago,” said Laurie Adams Gonzalez, marketing director, Broadband Forum.
France maintained its position as the leading IPTV nation passing the ten million mark for the first time at the end of the year. However, China is in hot pursuit and could well close the gap during the course of 2011, while Asia may also take a commanding lead over Europe.
The Middle East and Africa with 63.5% had the strongest percentage growth at 63.5%.
Six of the top ten IPTV territories are in Europe.
By the end of 2010 the total number of IPTV subscribers had reached almost 45.4 million, representing over 11.5 million new subscribers over the year and an annual increase of 34.6%. The fourth quarter was the strongest quarter for IPTV growth, adding more than 3.4 million new subscribers and accounting for 8% of the total growth.