ABI Research has issued a new report saying that IPTV subscriber numbers worldwide will increase about 32 percent by 2014 to a total of almost 79 million subscribers. ABI sees much growth in some of the obvious places, such as France, but also in emerging but extremely promising markets like South Korea and China.
The growth prospects offer great hope for the sector, though it should also be noted that the 79 million subscriber figure for 2014 is well off the forecast ABI made about a year ago, which predicted 90 million IPTV subscribers worldwide by 2013. Making these predictions is tough, as companies keep shifting their own plans and the economy refuses to cooperate.
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