To facilitate a global comparison of the world’s largest video and broadband providers, media and communications analysis specialist SNL Kagan has compiled a database of 106 major operators serving no fewer than 2 million video subscribers or 1 million fixed-line broadband subscribers at year-end 2012.
The findings reveal that geographically, China, India and the US accounted for 50 or nearly half of the 106 top operators, with 27 entities based in China and 12 in India. The US came third with 11 operators, followed by France, Germany, South Korea, Brazil and Mexico, each with five. American cable giant Comcast Corp. remained the world’s largest pay TV provider as of year-end 2012 with 22 million video subscribers, while Chinese telco incumbent China Telecom was the top fixed broadband provider, reaching 90.1 million high-speed Internet customers.
On a regional level, China’s ongoing cable consolidation and India’s continued DTH surge have produced many top pay-TV operators in the Asia Pacific region with gigantic subscriber bases. At end-2012, the top 10 Asia Pacific operators each served more than 10 million video subscribers and still are on track for further growth.
Strong DTH uptake has also taken place in Latin America, where top providers SKY Brasil, Sky Mexico and America Movil’s Claro made the most aggressive subscriber net additions in 2012 in the region. In the advanced territories of North America and Western Europe, telecom providers are outpacing incumbent cable operators in terms of subscriber growth, with IPTV services from AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc., France Telecom Group and Deutsche Telekom AG registering the most net additions, while cable giants such as Comcast Corp., Rogers Cable Inc., Kabel Deutschland GmbH and Numericable SAS continued to suffer subscriber loss.