The organisers of TV Connect MENA have claimed that IPTV subscriber numbers in the region are set to undergo a ten-fold increase, reaching 1.6 million by 2014 ahead of the October multi-platform summit in Dubai.
Currently the number of IPTV homes in MENA is on the rise, and in terms of Pay TV markets as a whole, the region total is predicted to increase to 11 million Pay TV homes by 2014, giving a staggering 15 per cent penetration rate, according to Informa Telecoms & Media research.
Telecoms operators in the region have begun to realise the huge potential and many have concluded that the best strategy for the future is to combine the security of managed IPTV, with the flexibility and adaptability of OTT delivery.
Nick Thomas, principle analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media, says: “The country is relatively small geographically, with a new infrastructure. The population is young (the majority under 35), tech-savvy and has high levels of disposable income. If premium IP-based paid-content services are to work anywhere, it is here.”
“Furthermore, an advantage that potential IPTV operators in the Middle East and North Africa have over their Western counterparts is the opportunity to build the most-up-to-date and effective networks.”