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Half of Europe To Be Triple Play - 2010

Posted: 24th Jan, 2006 By: MarkJ
Consultants Booz Allen Hamilton have estimated that over 50% of European homes will be connected to a digital TV offering "triple play" services (TV, broadband and telephony) by the end of 2010:

Booz Allen Hamilton, found that the creation of the digital home will trigger €100bn (£60bn) of investment and generate 100,000 jobs, mainly among infrastructure providers such as cable and telecom operators. A further €35bn will be invested by content providers.

The consultants warned that heavy-handed regulation, blocking competition among the providers, could cut the cumulative investments by 40% to €59bn and wipe out 90% of the job creation.

The analysis came days after France Télécom, the incumbent operator in Europe's third-largest economy, confirmed it had lost 600,000 fixed-line subscribers last year - mainly to new "triple play" providers such as Neuf Cegetel and Alice. Issuing a profits and sales warning, Michel Combes, the group's finance director, said internet-based telephony (VoIP) would account for 40% of fixed-line traffic by the end of this year, compared with 15% in 2005 and 1-2% in 2004.

The Guardian newspaper piece also reports that broadband penetration is expected to stabilise at around 53%. Interestingly 24% of EU homes currently have broadband (23% in Britain).
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