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Africa pay-TV subs at 16m

Total pay-TV subscriptions across Africa amounted to 15.9 million as of Q2 2015, according to the research from Dataxis, an increase of 18 per cent over the 13.4 million recorded in the same period last year.

DTH is still the dominant platform across the region with 12.6 million subs end June, an increase of 17 per cent over the 10.8 million end June, 2014. However, DTH market share fell slightly from 80 per cent to 79 per cent over the period, while its share of actual growth was down to 74 per cent.

DTT is the fastest growing platform – up 31 per cent from 1.7 million to 2.2 million and increasing its overall market share from 13 per cent in Q2 2014 to 14 per cent Q2 2015. Approximately 22 per cent of all new subscriptions over the period were to DTT platforms.

Dataxis research also saw IPTV subs increase 24 per cent from 250,000 to 310,000, with MMDS up 10 per cent to 460,000 and cable seeing just 4 per cent growth to 270,000.

Looking ahead, Dataxis forecasts 27.14 million pay-TV subs at the end of 2018, with DTH accounting for 68 per cent of the total, DTT 26 per cent, IPTV 3 per cent, MMDS 2 per cent and cable just 1 per cent.

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