India adds nearly 3 million DTH subscribers in 2Q 2011

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011
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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) today released the “Indian Telecom Services Performance Indicator Report” for the Quarter ending June 2011. This Report provides a broad perspective of the Telecom Services and presents the key parameters and growth trends for the Telecom Services as well as Cable TV, DTH & Radio Broadcasting services in India for the period covering April to June 2011, and is compiled on the basis of information furnished by the Service Providers.

Broadcasting & Cable Services Summary:

Total Number of Registered Channels with I&B Ministry           715
Number of Pay Channels                                          158
DTH Subscribers registered with Pvt. SPs               38.5 Million
Number of Set Top Boxes in CAS areas                        811,507

Satellite (DTH)

Besides the free DTH service of Doordarshan, there are 6 private DTH licensees, offering their services to the DTH subscribers. As on 30.6.2011, their reported subscriber base is 38.5 million, up from 35.56 million as on 31.3.2011.

DTH Licensees:

Tata Sky Ltd., Dish TV India Ltd., SUN Direct TV(P) Ltd., Bharti Telemedia Ltd., Reliance Big TV Pvt. Ltd., Bharat Business Channel Ltd.

Cable TV Services

Number of Set Top Boxes (STBs) installed in CAS notified areas of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai increased from 804,837 at the end of Mar-11 to 811,507 at the end of Jun-11.

Number of set-top boxes:

CAS                       2011
notified  --------------------
area      End-March   End-June
--------  ---------  ---------
Chennai     181,504    183,587
Kolkata      91,431     92,429
Mumbai      320,022    322,252
Delhi       211,880    213,239
          ---------  ---------
TOTAL       804,837    811,507