Strong Internet protocol TV (IPTV) take-up in Nigeria will spur the continent's rise in paid subscription by 482% to 1.57 million by the end of 2018, according to a report from Dataxis.
The continent registered 270,000 IPTV customers at the end of 2013, according to the market researchers.
Nigeria is forecast to sustain 675,000 IPTV subscribers by the end of 2018, due in part to fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) deployment by companies such as IPNX which hopes to cover two million homes by 2017.
Morocco is on course to register 147% growth in subscriptions by the end of 2018 – from 120,000 at the end of 2013 to 299,000, Dataxis forecasts. South Africa's IPTV penetration rate will be 218,000 by the end of 2018, and in Mauritius IPTV households are expected to grow from 61,000 to 151,000 over the same period.
By the end of 2018, Dataxis also predicts Egypt will have 49,000 IPTV subscriptions, Cape Verde will have 19,200 and Algeria will have 8,000.