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Net pay active DTH subs up 1.5% to 63.61 mn in March quarter

MUMBAI: The total net pay active subscriber base of the six Indian direct-to-home (DTH) companies grew by 1.53% to 63.61 million in the quarter ended 31 March compared to 62.65 million a quarter ago, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has said in its quarterly performance indicator report based on information provided by the DTH operators.

However, TRAI has not revealed the number of pay subscribers registered with private DTH operators. For the quarter ended December, the total pay DTH subscribers stood at 97.05 million.

Compared to the previous quarter, the share of Airtel Digital TV increased by 1% to 21% of the total active subscriber base while that of Sun Direct fell by a percentage point to 9%.

The share of the other four DTH operators remained unchanged. Dish TV was the top DTH operator with a 25% share of active subscriber base, followed by Tata Sky with a 23% share. Videocon d2h was at third with 20% while Reliance Digital TV was at the bottom with 2% share.

Tata Sky carries maximum number of pay channels

Tata Sky carries the maximum number of TV channels (FTA + pay) at 562 channels. Sun Direct carries the lowest number of pay and FTA channels at 257 channels. Tata Sky also carries the maximum of FTA and pay channels at 256 and 306 channels respectively.

Among multi-system operators (MSOs), Siti Networks and Digicable have the highest and lowest number of TV channels (FTA + pay + local) at 409 and 260 respectively.

The highest number of FTA channels is carried by Indian Cable Net Company at 180 while the highest number of pay channels is carried by GTPL Kolkata Cable & Broadband Pariseva at 239. Fastway Transmission and Hathway Sukhamrit Cable & Datacom carry the highest number of local channels at 90.

Broadband subscribers

The total number of broadband subscribers increased to 276.52 million at the end of March 17 from 236.09 million at the end of December 16. Out of these, 18.24 million were wired broadband subscribers and 258.27 million were wireless broadband subscribers.

The top five broadband (wired + wireless) service providers in terms of subscribers were Reliance Jio (108.68 million), Bharti (49.13 million), Vodafone (37.72 million), Idea (24.70 million) and BSNL (21.67 million).

In the wired broadband segment, BSNL held 54.71% market share with 9.98 million subscribers, followed by Bharti with 2.08 million subscribers.

In the wireless broadband segment, Reliance Jio held 27.13% market share with 108.68 million subscribers, followed by Bharti (11.74%) with 47.04 million subscribers.

The top five service areas in terms of broadband subscriptions were Maharashtra (23.36 million), Tamil Nadu including Chennai (22.77 million), Andhra Pradesh (21.07 million), Delhi (20.80 million) and Karnataka (19.59 million), TRAI data showed.

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