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Satellite is the dominant broadcasting technology for Mexico’s pay-TV, while IP-based services are not penetrating the market, according to the Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT).

Its Anuario Estadístico 2016 report found that 61% of Mexican homes had access to pay-TV by the end of 2016. This figure, among the highest in Latin America, also exceeds fixed broadband penetration, as high-speed Internet is only available in 42% of Mexican homes.

As to technology, IPTV is reaching 2% of total households in Mexico, meaning that 3.2% of pay-TV homes are subscribing to an IP-based service.

Almost 60% of pay-TV subscriptions are owned by a satellite platform, which comes as no surprise as Televisa’s direct-to-home (DTH) platform Sky is the largest in the country. The remaining 38% subscribe to a cable TV service.

The low penetration of IPTV contrasts with the 15% of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) subscription in the fixed broadband market, which is still dominated by DSL technologies.

Regarding regional differences within the country, the IFT report points out that the highest pay-TV penetration is in Querétaro and Quintana Roo (with 82%), while the lowest rates are in Oaxaca (44%), Campeche (38%) and Chiapas (34%).
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