According to data published by the regulator ANRCETI, the total stood at 174,300 at the end of the third quarter. At the same time, revenues from IPTV services in the first nine months of this year amounted to MDL65.3 million (€3.37 million), or 13.3% more than in the corresponding period in 2018.
Meanwhile, the number of cable subscribers fell by 8.6% to around 155,400 and revenues fell by 13% to MDL53.5 million. Meanwhile, the number of MMDS users fell by 38.7% to 280, with revenues dipping by 43.6% to MDL62,500.
The pay-TV market as a whole saw only a 0.1% increase in subscriber numbers in the first nine months of this year to about 330,000, with penetration growing by 0.7 percentage points to 35.7%.
Total sales, compared to the same period in 2018, fell by 0.3% to MDL118.9 million, and as a result ARPU decreased by 3.8% to MDL39.6. Cable accounted for 47.1% of pay-TV subscribers, IPTV 52.8% and MMDS 0.1%.
The majority of subscribers (69.8%) received digital services.
Meanwhile, the share of subscribers who opted for TV over IP networks stood at 68.4%, with cable accounting for 31.5% and MMDS 0.1%.
In terms of revenues, Moldtelecom was the market leader with a 37.1% share (+2.7%).
It was followed by Sun Communications (16.4%, down 4.1 percentage points), TV Box (15.8%, up 3.1 percentage points) and other providers (30.7%, down 1.7 percentage points).