14.5 mln global IPTV subscribers in 2007

Global IPTV subscribers will soar to 14.5 mln in 2007, up a stunning 192.4% from 4.9 mln in 2006, iSuppli predicts. By 2010, worldwide IPTV subscribers will amount to 63 mln. spend more on equipment that can increase network bandwidth and capacity. Partly because of the IPTV surge, global factory revenue for wired communications gear will rise to $101.4 bln in 2007, up 7.2% from $94.6 bln in 2006. This growth rate is nearly double the 3.7% expansion in 2006. Global revenue for wired-communications-oriented semiconductors will expand to $19.4 bln in 2007, up 18.3% from $16.4 bln in 2006. In comparison, chip revenue to the wired gear market grew by only 10% in 2006. Long-haul optical WAN equipment will be the top-performing sector of the global wired communications networking equipment market in 2007, with factory revenue rising to $2.7 bln in 2007, up 40% from $1.9 bln in 2006. iSuppli is forecasting 25% growth in 2007 for LAN switching gear, up from 13% growth in 2006.