Data produced by TMT Consulting and published by ComNews shows that there were 142,000 new IPTV connections in the country in the second quarter. At the same time, the number of DTH subscribers grew by 130,000, while the cable TV subscriber total fell by 43,000. The incumbent telco Rostelecom accounted for around 70% of new IPTV subscribers and Tricolor TV led DTH with 46,000.
However, cable still had a greater share of pay-TV subscribers (42%) than DTH (39%) and IPTV (19%). It also accounted for nearly half (46%) of revenues, with IPTV and DTH claiming 29% and 25% respectively.
All told, there were 43.4 million pay-TV subscribers at the end of Q2, or 0.5% more than three months earlier, with the penetration standing at 76%.
ARPU excluding VAT was R168 (€2.3), or R2 more than a year earlier.
Tricolor TV was the leading pay-TV operator in terms of subscribers, accounting for 28% of the total, followed by Rostelecom (23%), ER Telecom (9%), MTS (8%), Orion Express (7%) and others (25%).
Rostelecom claimed the highest share of revenues (33%), with Tricolor TV accounting for 18%, ER Telecom 10%, MTS 8% and others 31%.