04.14.2009 08:36 AM
Worldwide IPTV subscriptions approach 22 million; North America shows strong growth, says report
IPTV subscribers by region
Region 2007Q4_Total 2008Q4_Total
Western Europe 7,045,860 10,388,000
North America 1,774,671 3,835,544
South & East Asia 1,840,000 3,615,000
Asia-Pacific 2,199,828 3,082,182
Eastern Europe 465,223 884,466
Latin America 8,991 21,495
Middle East & Africa 10,000 10,000
Global total 13,344,573 21,836,687
Source: Data provided for the Broadband Forum by Point Topic.

Last year, despite global economic decline, the number of IPTV subscribers worldwide grew 63 percent compared to the 2007 level, and the IPTV market in North America more than doubled last year, according to the findings of a new report.

The latest statistics from the Broadband Forum released in late March show the North American IPTV market grew 113 percent to 3,835,544 subscribers. Worldwide the total number of IPTV subscribers reached 21.7 million.

The report, prepared for the Broadband Forum by analysts Point Topic, showed that North America led all other regions, including South and East Asia and Latin America, in the fourth quarter of 2008 with 19 percent growth vs. 12 percent growth for both regions.

The report shows demand for broadband and IPTV continues to grow despite the economic situation facing the globe, said George Dobrowski, chairman and president of the Broadband Forum.

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