15.9 million pay TV subscribers in Africa at end-June 2015

Monday, November 9th, 2015 
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Africa Claims Almost 16 Million Pay-TV Subs As Of June, 2015

  • Satellite is largest platform, but DTT leading growth

MAURITIUS — Total pay-TV subscriptions across Africa amounted to 15.9 million as of Q2 2015, according to the latest research from Dataxis, an increase of 18% over the 13.4 million recorded in the same period last year.

African Pay TV market

DTH is still the dominant platform across the region with 12.6 million subs end June, an increase of 17% over the 10.8 million end June, 2014. However, DTH market share fell slightly from 80% to 79% over the period, while its share of actual growth was down to 74%.

DTT is the fastest growing platform – up 31% from 1.7 million to 2.2 million and increasing its overall market share from 13% in Q2 2014 to 14% Q2 2015. Approximately 22% of all new subscriptions over the period were to DTT platforms.

Dataxis research also saw IPTV subs increase 24% from 250,000 to 310,000, with MMDS up 10% to 460,000 and Cable seeing just 4% growth to 270,000.

Looking ahead, Dataxis forecasts 27.14 million pay-TV subs at the end of 2018, with DTH accounting for 68% of the total, DTT 26%, IPTV 3%, MMDS 2% and Cable just 1%.