Satellite adds another 369,000 subscribers in Mexico in 3Q 2012

Monday, November 26th, 2012 
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DISTRITO FEDERAL, Mexico — At the end of the third quarter of 2012, Mexico’s telecommunications sector had registered growth of 15.1% year-on-year according to the country’s Comisión Federal de Telecomunicaciones (COFETEL).

According to Mexico’s Telecommunications Sector Production Index (Índice de Producción del Sector Telecomunicaciones – ITEL), an indicator published by COFETEL that measures the behaviour of the principal services offered by the industry, in the third quarter, the satellite TV (DTH) segment had registered subscriber growth of 22.9% compared to the same period in 2011. At the end of September there were 6.655 million DTH users. Cable TV grew 3.5% over the year to finish with 5.762 million subscribers, 0.8% down on the total at the end of the second quarter.

MMDS registered a decrease of 31.9% versus the third quarter of 2011 to end with 166 thousand subscribers.

Mexico pay TV subscribers:

        Cable TV     MMDS  Satellite       TOTAL
       ---------  -------  ---------  ----------
1Q09   4,908,830  673,871  1,577,525   7,160,226
2Q09   4,965,178  618,832  1,773,108   7,357,118
3Q09   5,008,528  537,220  2,091,274   7,637,022
4Q09   5,138,995  471,202  2,439,798   8,049,995
1Q10   5,190,645  423,951  2,980,693   8,595,289
2Q10   5,309,271  381,419  3,518,380   9,209,070
3Q10   5,355,356  345,741  4,008,173   9,709,270
4Q10   5,388,920  316,788  4,367,658  10,073,366
1Q11   5,435,043  293,927  4,747,664  10,476,634
2Q11   5,495,704  268,976  5,090,170  10,854,850
3Q11   5,565,059  243,667  5,416,060  11,224,786
4Q11   5,591,201  215,775  5,645,395  11,452,371
1Q12   5,645,899  191,412  5,982,003  11,819,314
2Q12   5,810,671  170,302  6,286,318  12,267,291
3Q12   5,761,867  166,033  6,655,401  12,583,301

Third quarter net additions:

Cable TV    MMDS  Satellite    TOTAL
--------  ------  ---------  -------
 -48,804  -4,269    369,083  316,010