Growing consumer spending power and affordable multiplay service bundle are fueling the adoption of prepaid satellite pay-TV services (DTH) in Latin America, especially among consumers who previously were not able to afford service offerings.
That new class of subscribers, in turn, is influencing operators to invest in expanded networks, especially fiber-to the-home (FTTH).
BT is planning to spend some £6 ($8.7 billion) on fixed and mobile networks over the next three years as it rushes to expand its fiber and 4G deployments.
Portugal’s third quarter pay-TV numbers were up 5.4% Y/Y, about 179,000, to 3.473 million, new figures from Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (ANACOM) showed, with fiber-to-the-home seeing the fastest growth over the quarter and year.
Costa Rican cooperative Coopeguanacaste (Cooperative Rural Electrification of Guanacaste) says it will roll out IPTV and Internet services by July 24, using its new fiber optic infrastructure for the fiber to the home service.
The launch is the first step in a broad deployment it expects to finish by 2022, with about 8,000 homes reached by the end of next year.
Spain’s fiber to the home (FTTH) network is booming, as operators go all-in to deploy super-fast broadband across the country. A new report from regulator Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC) says the number of FTTH lines reached 1.933 million in the first quarter of the year, up from 740,000 a year earlier, an increase of more than 160%. As recently at 2013, Spain had just 288,000 FTTH connections.
Nearly 80% of households (HH) in the European Union have access to 4G LTE mobile broadband, up 20% since 2013, with Denmark, Netherlands and Sweden having the highest LTE penetration, 99%.
A new report from researcher IHS also said fixed broadband service was nearly ubiquitous at 97%, the same as it was in 2013, but research showed Next Generation Access (NGA) high-speed broadband (30 Mbps of more) increased by 15.5 million homes, reaching more than 68% of households.
More than 100 million consumers now receive fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) services in the Asia Pacific regions, with growth of content availability and demand for bandwidth getting credit for driving the technology.
Add the Middle East to regions that are seeing strong growth in IPTV services, as operators increase their spend on infrastructure and look to deploy triple-play services that help them gain a competitive edge.
The number of IPTV deployments in the region grew by more than 27% between 2011 and 2013, from 11 deployments in eight countries to 14 in nine, including Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.