Mexico adds 1.5 million pay TV subscribers in 2012

Monday, February 25th, 2013 
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DISTRITO FEDERAL, Mexico — At the end of the fourth quarter of 2012, Mexico’s telecommunications sector had registered growth of 13.4% 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 fourth quarter, the satellite TV (DTH) segment registered subscriber growth of 22.4% compared to the same period in 2011. At the end of December there were 6.9 million DTH users. Cable TV grew 5.6% over the year to finish with 5.9 million subscribers.

MMDS registered a decrease of 37.8% versus the fourth quarter of 2011 to end with 134 thousand subscribers.

Mexico pay TV subscribers:

        Cable TV     MMDS  Satellite       TOTAL
       ---------  -------  ---------  ----------
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
4Q12   5,906,956  134,107  6,909,284  12,950,347

Net additions:

           Cable TV     MMDS  Satellite      TOTAL
           --------  -------  ---------  ---------
4Q12v3Q12   145,089  -31,926    253,883    367,046
  %age        +2.5%   -19.2%      +3.8%      +2.9%
4Q12v4Q11   315,755  -81,668  1,263,889  1,497,976
  %age        +5.6%   -37.8%     +22.4%     +13.1%