Over 65.6 million IPTV subs globally

There were a total of 65.6 million IPTV subscribers at the end of March 2012, up 3.8 million since the end of 2011, according to Point Topic.

Asian markets are showing the fastest growth in IPTV subscribers, with China attracting over three times as many subs in the first quarter than any other country. Point Topic said the gap was likely to increase further despite France and the US also reporting strong growth. China ended March with over 16 million IPTV subs, compared with over 12 million in France and over nine million in the US.

The latest figures published by the Broadband Forum and prepared by broadband industry analysts Point Topic show that there were over 600 million broadband subs globally at the end of March, an increase of over 100 million new lines in less than 18 months.

Asia continued to be the biggest overall broadband region with 262,080,147 subscribers in total, having added 8,575,397 new lines at a growth rate of 3.38% in the quarter and 15.19% in the year. Russia, Brazil and India all showed above average growth rates both in the quarter and annually, with Ukraine and Turkey also showing high growth.