Summarising its findings, it says that that trend has become more prominent in the four quarters to September 30 this year.
Figures provided by 78 active pay-TV operators to ANRCETI show that in the first nine months of this year the number of IPTV subscribers increased by 5,100, or 8%, to 67,700. At the same time, revenues over the period were up by MDL0.4 million – €18,417 (+1.9%) to MDL40.9 million.
Meanwhile, the total number of cable TV subscribers fell by 11,200 (-5.6%) to 197,500 and the volume of sales fell by MDL10.25 million (-12.7%) to MDL70.7 million.
As a result, the total number of pay-TV subscribers fell by 8,800 (-3.2%), including 2,100 receiving MMDS services, to 265,200. Total sales fell by MDL9.8 million (-8.1%) to MDL111.6 million and ARPU by 2.5% to MDL46.2.
ANRCETI notes that cable customers are migrating to content services via the internet (free or pay), DTH (free or pay) or IPTV (pay).
It also says that in the reported timeframe, the leading pay-TV operators, in terms of turnover, were Moldtelecom (29,8%), Sun Communications (29.4%), TV Box (6.5%) and AMT(3.8%), with the remaining 74 providers claiming a joint share share of around 30.3%.
Separately, ANRCETI says that the electronic communications market in Moldova grew in all first three quarters of this year to a cumulative total of MLL5.245 billion. This was 3% larger than in the same period in 2014.