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Spectacular DTH growth in Mexico

October 13, 2011

By Chris Forrester

The second quarter of the year saw remarkable growth in Mexico’s DTH pay-TV take-up.  DTH recorded a 48.2 per cent growth compared with the same period in 2010. Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Commission (Cofetel) issued the numbers, and while cable subscribers still – just – represent the majority of users at some 5.5 million subs, DTH now enjoys just over 5 million subs and is growing at a much faster rate. Mexico has a total of 10.77 million pay-TV subs.

Cable subs grew 4.8 per cent year-on-year, while the MMDS sector continues to fall dramatically. MMDS homes fell 29.3 per cent in the year, to a total of just 268,000.

Sky Mexico (owned by Televisa and DirecTV) has 3.58 million subs. Echostar’s Dish has about 1.5 million.

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