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Landlines might not be popular and mobile margins are under pressure, but Europe's telcos are gaining TV customers

Euro Telcos Boast TV Gains

Ray Le Maistre
LR Cable News Analysis
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief
5/3/2013
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Their overall financials might be underwhelming as Europe wallows in a financial mire, but national operators Belgacom SA and TDC A/S are both still adding new TV/video service customers in markets that boast plenty of pay-TV competition. (See Belgacom's Q1 results and TDC's Q1 results.) In Belgium, Belgacom added 14,000 new TV households during the first quarter of 2013 and now has 1.17 million households receiving its IPTV service, up 112,000 from a year ago. The country has about 4.6 million households in total. It has more than 1.4 million set-top boxes (STBs) deployed as 242,000 households have more than one STB. The operator's TV services revenues grew by nearly 17 percent year-on-year to €64 million (US$83.6 million), while monthly average revenue per TV customer grew 4.5 percent to €18.30 ($23.90). In Denmark, which has about 2.6 million households, incumbent TDC now has 2.21 million TV customers, though this is up by only 19,000 from a year ago due to the recent lapse of a deal that accounted for 13,000 customers. The operator, which offers IPTV and cable services, reported first-quarter TV service revenues up 6.5 percent year-on-year to 1.035 billion Danish krone ($182.5 million). — Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

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re: Euro Telcos Boast TV Gains
In many ways Belgacom has shown other telcos, especially those in other small and mid-sized Euro markets, what is possible, even in markets with fierce cable competition. Combination of triple play, good marketing, pricing and content is key.
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