DTH operators attained 70.49M net pay active subscribers by QE Dec 31, 2018: TRAI Report

Dish TV has the largest subscriber base with 40% share followed by Tata Sky at 25%

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Published: Apr 5, 2019 3:14 PM  | 2 min read

The Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRAI) of India has released The Indian Telecom Services Performance Indicator Report October-December 2018. The report reveals the growth that the DTH subscriber base has seen in 2018. 

According to the report, till QE December 31, 2018, there were 5 pay DTH service providers in the country. DTH has attained net pay active subscriber base of around 70.49 million till QE December 31, 2018. This is in addition to the subscribers of free DTH services of Doordarshan. Till September 2018, the subscriber base was around 69.45 million. 

Quarterly growth in net active subscribers (in millions) of pay DTH

Dish TV has the largest market share of active users with 40% followed by Tata Sky at 25%

The report also talks about the steep rise in the number of PayTV channels in India till December 31 last year. From 313 channels in September 2018, it shot up to 330 by QE 2018. 

Quarterly growth in number of satellite Pay TV channels in India

As per TRAI report, as many as 880 channels were permitted by MIB til December 31, 2018, for uplinking only/downlinking only/uplinking and downloading both. That means that 29 more channels were added to the September 2018 count of 851 by the end of 2018.

Quarterly growth in number of satellite TV channels (FTA & Pay) registered with Ministry of I&B

TRAI's report mentions that India is the only large country to achieve 100% digitisation of the cable TV network.


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