Optic-fiber nets will give ˇ°secon windˇ± to IP-television
Nov 11, 2010
The rise in IP-television services on DSL-connection basis in some countries of Western Europe (for example in Italy, Spain) is actually stopped, because the market saturation had led to direct competition with on-air and satelite broadcasting. Further expansion is limited by DLS technologyfacilities. But it isexpectedin the nearest future that the growth rate of DSL-connections will start to decrease in most countries of the world, and would be replaced by otpic-fiber FTTx-connections, that may lead to the “second wind” for IP-television development. Analysts of research company Ovum point that great number of TV channels of the highest quality in unified package with IP-telephony and high speed Internet would be too fascinating advantage for customers to resist such temptation.
It is expected that by 2014 the number of IPTV-subscribers in the whole world will constitute at least 15% from the total of broadband connection. In 2008 that rate was at the level of 5%. But regional differences will be remarkable. For instance, on the Asian market, where the operators used to install optic-fiber nets for the high-speed Internet provision only, and the operators started to work over development of IPTV not long ago, the expansion of IP-television will “glitch”. In United States where Verizon and AT&T had promoted a competition between cable companies, the process will go on much faster.