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EU cable delivering ongoing growth

March 6, 2018

Nick Snow @ Cable Congress

The European cable industry continues to grow steadily, with total revenues up 2.4 per cent year on year, reaching €23.43 billion in 2017, according to IHS statistics released today by the industry’s trade association, Cable Europe, at the annual Cable Congress in Dublin.

The European cable industry has shown consistent growth over the past decade (2007-2017), despite a revolution in the way that TV, internet and telephone services are consumed. Television continues to be the largest source of revenue for the industry, but broadband is driving the biggest growth increase by far (+5 per cent in 2017). Year on year, the number of broadband subscribers rose by 4.6 per cent (or 1.6 million subscribers). This strong growth over a number of years is enabling the industry to reduce its reliance on TV, with the success of DOCSIS 3.0 helping fuel the rise in Internet subscriptions and boost overall revenues once again.

Pay-TV revenue increased by 2.1 per cent (or €220 million) in 2017, boosted by an 8 per cent growth in digital TV revenue and an 18.5 per cent growth in VoD revenue, as the analogue switchover continued to gather pace during the year. Three-quarters (74.7 per cent) of cable TV subscribers in Europe are now digital, driving 80 per cent of total cable revenue (or 83.8 per cent including VoD).

Cable continues to be the leading primary mode of TV reception for European households. 2.4 million Revenue Generating Units (RGUs), the industry metric for the total sum of TV, Internet and telephony subscriptions, were added in 2017, increasing the total number to 121.4 million.

“The European cable industry continues to grow steadily at 2.4 per cent in very competitive markets,” noted Cable Europe President Manuel Kohnstamm. “Adapting to constant change and disruption, cable keeps delivering high-end broadband and digital tv services for its customers, thanks to years of investment in innovation and infrastructure.”

“European cable operators have responded to the opportunity presented by broadband growth by delivering high-speed connectivity, online entertainment, original on demand content and next-generation TV platforms,” added Matthias Kurth, Executive Chairman of Cable Europe.

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