It seems Azerbaijan loves its multi-channel TV. Numbers released from the capital city Baku by the country’s State Statistics Committee says that access to cable TV is up 4 per cent on last year at some 21.8 per cent of the population.
That’s good for the sector, but satellite reception has grown at a faster rate, with y-o-y growth stated as being up 7.8 per cent to reach 35.9 per cent of the population.
BBC Monitoring, quoting the Turan News Agency, says that 38.7 per cent of the population who use the services of cable operators live in Baku and other major cities of the country. In Baku, 59.1 per cent of the population use the services of cable TV (a 6.1 per cent rise during the year).
The areas of cable TV with the highest reach are the Abseron peninsula – 52.5 per cent, the Ganca-Qazax economic region – 42.7 per cent, the Aran economic zone – 13.3 per cent and Saki-Zaqatala – 11.5 per cent.