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DTH still the dominant pay TV platform in Africa

MUMBAI: Total pay TV subscriptions across Africa amounted to 15.9 million as of the second quarter of 2015, an increase of 18 per cent over the 13.4 million recorded in the same period last year, Dataxis said in its new research.

DTH is still the dominant platform across the region with 12.6 million subs end June, an increase of 17 per cent over the 10.8 million recorded a year ago. However, DTH market share fell slightly from 80 per cent to 79 per cent over the period, while its share of actual growth was down to 74 per cent.

DTT is the fastest growing platform – up 31 per cent from 1.7 million to 2.2 million and increasing its overall market share from 13 per cent in the second quarter of 2014 to 14 per cent in the second quarter of 2015. Approximately 22 per cent of all new subscriptions over the period were to DTT platforms.

IPTV subscribers increase 24 per cent from 250,000 to 310,000, with MMDS up by 10 per cent to 460,000, and cable seeing just four per cent growth to 270,000, Dataxis said.

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Looking ahead, Dataxis forecasts 27.14 million pay TV subs at the end of 2018, with DTH accounting for 68 per cent of the total, DTT 26 per cent, IPTV three per cent, MMDS two per cent and cable just one per cent.