Digital cable doubles in Romania

Digital cable subscribers in Romania more than doubled in 2011, taking digital cable penetration to 25% of all cable homes by the end of the year, according to a survey by regulator ANCOM.

Overall cable numbers grew by 7% over the course of the year, while DTH numbers fell by 5%, with a slight recovery in the second half of the year.

ANCOM said there were 2.79 million cable subscribers in urban areas at the end of 2011, while cable subs in rural areas numbered 0.78 million. IPTV numbers fell by a striking 21% in the last quarter of the year to total about 30,000 subscribers, according to ANCOM. DTH subscribers numbered 2.26 million at the end of the year.