CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, June 17 /PRNewswire/ --

More than half of North American households subscribe to multiplay bundles of telecom and media services, making North America the most penetrated region in the world for multiplay subscriptions, according to the recently released Multiplay Services Forecast from Pyramid Research (, the telecom research arm of the Light Reading Communications Network (

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More than 60 percent of Canadian households were subscribed to a multiplay bundle at year-end 2008, in comparison to 51 percent in the U.S. Multiplay service bundles have been fairly sweeping, shattering traditional service lines and compelling players with gaps in their portfolios to scramble to offer their own bundles, notes Ozgur Aytar, Senior Research Manager at Pyramid Research. Western Europe follows North America's lead with a multiplay household penetration rate of about 40 percent, although some of the countries in the region, such as the Netherlands and France, are experiencing rates markedly higher than the regional average. Service bundling has gained popularity in recent years because it helps to slow subscriber churn and allows a service provider to drive revenue through market share gains and increases in average revenue per customer, says Aytar.

The uptake of multiplay bundles in the U.S. experienced a major slump in the fourth quarter of 2008 due to the weakening consumer spending levels, but it appears to have recovered in the first half of 2009, largely because of the price declines of 10 to 15 percent for double- and triple-play packages and a more flexible approach to service bundling, says Aytar. Canadian service providers, for instance, have generally let their customers build their bundles from a list of available services in a given region, while U.S. operators are becoming less stringent about pushing their core services in bundles, explains Aytar.

Pyramid Research predicts the availability of more services for bundling will drive uptake of triple-play packages, which have so far enjoyed higher adoption rates in Western Europe than elsewhere, accounting for more than a third of the region's multiplay households. The intensely competitive environment has paved the way for very compelling triple-play offerings and promotions in Western Europe, says Aytar. Triple-play packages have also strengthened the case for IPTV in the region, which according to the first-quarter update of Pyramid Research's Media Forecasts should have as many as 13.8 million IPTV accounts by year-end 2009, and will remain the largest IPTV market.

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