Lo­cal tele­com mar­ket keeps shrink­ing, but pay TV grows

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The lo­cal telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions mar­ket shrank 3 per­cent last year com­pared to 2013, ac­cord­ing to data re­leased by the in­dus­try’s reg­u­la­tor.

The Na­tional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions & Post Com­mis­sion (EETT) es­ti­mated that the mar­ket’s turnover in 2014 amounted to 5.24 bil­lion eu­ros, against 5.40 bil­lion in 2013 and 5.92 bil­lion in 2012.

Fixed-line tele­phony saw its con­nec­tions drop to 4.78 mil­lion, while the share of OTE – the mar­ket’s lead­ing player – in In­ter­net con­nec­tion lines fell to 58 per­cent from 61 per­cent in 2013.

Broad­band In­ter­net con­tinue to grow, but not at an im­pres­sive rate, as its pen­e­tra­tion level reached 28.5 per­cent last year from 26.3 per­cent the pre­vi­ous year, EETT data showed. Op­er­at­ing broad­band con­nec­tions came to 3.15 mil­lion at end-2014, up from 2.91 mil­lion at end-2013. There were 2.88 mil­lion dou­ble­play (tele­phony and In­ter­net) sub­scribers in De­cem­ber 2014.

EETT stressed the spec­tac­u­lar growth in pay TV: From June 2013 to June 2014, there were 250,000 new satel­lite or In­ter­net TV sub­scribers, rais­ing their num­ber to 820,000. Their to­tal fig­ure to­day is es­ti­mated to have topped 1 mil­lion.

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