& cplSiteName &

French Dominate IPTV Top Ten

Ray Le Maistre

Looking for IPTV? Then move to France.

French service providers dominate the new Light Reading report, Top Ten: IPTV Carriers, which ranks the world's leading telco TV players by number of subscribers. Our list includes three French carriers, with, perhaps controversially, competitive operator Iliad (Euronext: ILD) top of the pile, followed by Orange (NYSE: FTE) in second place. Neuf Cegetel Group (Euronext: NEUF) follows closely behind in fourth spot, with only Hong Kong's PCCW Ltd. (NYSE: PCW; Hong Kong: 0008) breaking the French strangehold on the top of the chart.

PCCW also scored well when we looked at IPTV penetration rates -- that is, the percentage of broadband subscribers paying for real-time TV services delivered over a DSL or fiber access connection. Only the Hong Kong operator and Iliad, which markets its triple-play services using its Free brand, boasted an IPTV penetration rate of more than 50 percent.

France isn't the only European nation to grace the list -- in fact, Europe provides a whopping seven of the leading 10 IPTV players currently, with representatives from Belgium, Italy, Spain, and Sweden also making the cut. The remaining three entries come from Asia/Pacific, with North America failing to pitch in.

Europe's dominance is set to wane, though.

The Top 10 list is set to be updated regularly and is unlikely to remain static as service providers around the world ramp up their TV-over-broadband offerings and figure out the best ways to attract customers with the right package that, quite often, faces strong competition either from cable or satellite rivals.

Expect to see other European operators, such as Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) and Telecom Italia (TIM) making the grade at some point in the near future, while AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is likely to be North America's first representative.

New entrants from Asia/Pacific are also expected, as Korea has recently given the green light to the delivery of linear TV services over broadband, while Japan's SoftBank BB Corp. and China Netcom Corp. Ltd. (NYSE: CN; Hong Kong: 0906) will almost certainly feature if they can confirm their current IPTV subscriber numbers.

For the full report, see Top Ten: IPTV Carriers.

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

(2)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:50:01 PM
re: French Dominate IPTV Top Ten
How can you say ATT will break into a number-10 spot in IPTV before VZ when they have 1/10 the active subs and a perfect chain of broken provisioning promises?
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:50:00 PM
re: French Dominate IPTV Top Ten
VZ isn't being considered for this list until they're running an IPTV network. They're mostly doing a cable overlay at the moment.

AT&T is 100 percent IPTV and they are close to getting into the top ten.

Featured Video
From The Founder
Light Reading is spending much of this year digging into the details of how automation technology will impact the comms market, but let's take a moment to also look at how automation is set to overturn the current world order by the middle of the century.
Flash Poll
Upcoming Live Events
November 30, 2017, The Westin Times Square
March 20-22, 2018, Denver Marriott Tech Center
May 14-17, 2018, Austin Convention Center
All Upcoming Live Events
SmartNICs aren't just about achieving scale. They also have a major impact in reducing CAPEX and OPEX requirements.
Hot Topics
Nokia Bell Labs & Verizon Stretch Fixed 5G to the Home
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 11/13/2017
Eurobites: Telefónica Reckons Plastic Is Fantastic for FTTH
Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, 11/15/2017
Juniper's New Contrail VP Hails From Google
Craig Matsumoto, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading, 11/15/2017
Animals with Phones
Why Cats Don't Run Tech Support Click Here
Live Digital Audio

Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.

During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.

She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.

Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Partner Perspectives - content from our sponsors
The Mobile Broadband Road Ahead
By Kevin Taylor, for Huawei
All Partner Perspectives