Fitch: Diversification Is Positioning Growth of U.S. Cable MSOs.CHICAGO -- U.S. cable multiple system operators (MSOs) continue to diversify their customer and revenue bases, setting the foundation for future revenue growth and average revenue per user (ARPU (Average Revenue Per User) A calculation often used to determine the overall value of an application. It is also used to rate particular customers, especially in the wireless space, by comparing someone's account to the overall average. ) expansion), according to Fitch Ratings Fitch Ratings
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Cable MSOs added a record 2.95 million revenue-generating units (RGUs) in Q1 of 2006, 69% higher than the RGU RGU The Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen, Scotland)
RGU Responsible Governmental Unit
RGU Revenue-Generating Unit growth for the prior-year period and 29% higher on a sequential basis. The MSOs added approximately 891,000 digital subscribers in Q1, reflecting a 71% year-over-year increase and the MSOs offering of a more robust video service. Subscriber growth for high-speed data and other services was also up across the industry.
Fitch attributes the continued stability of the basic subscriber base in part to the success cable MSOs are having with the introduction of telephony service and their triple-play offering. Fitch also believes that enhancements to the video on demand, digital video recorders (DVRs), and the high-definition tier also contribute to this stabilization.
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