TV won't halt declining fixed telco services

Analysys finds that growth in TV and video services delivered over broadband will fail to halt the swift decline in the value of Western European fixed telecoms services in the coming years.

  • Spend on core fixed telecoms services will fall to under 1 percent of GDP in Western Europe by 2011.
  • Rate of decline in fixed service spend will vary by country, but spend will fall by more than 20 percent between now and 2011.
  • Voice will fall to 50 percent of fixed-line spend by 2011, but Internet spend will also be in decline by that date.
  • IPTV will create additional spend, but this will not be enough to stem decline in overall spend on wireline services.

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