'Recession won't stop IPTV growth'

Not even a global financial meltdown can stop IPTV. Despite the worldwide economic crisis, subscribers to telco TV will grow more than three-fold by the end of 2012, says In-Stat. In several key markets, like Brazil, Korea, and India, recent regulatory changes have given telco TV a real boost, the market research firm predicts.

“A number of new countries, including places as varied as Montenegro, Jordan, and Ghana, saw the launch of their first commercial IPTV offerings in 2008,” says Michelle Abraham, In-Stat analyst. “Only a few markets, like Japan and Argentina, remain hamstrung by restrictions that hinder incumbent operators.”

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