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May 2019


The 5 private Indian DTH platforms added 1.04 million net active pay subscribers in the October-December 2018 quarter, according to TRAI's 'Indian Telecom Services Performance Indicators Report - Q3 FY19'. The report merely lists figures submitted to the regulator by the DTH platforms, and are not verified by TRAI.

There were a total of 70.49 million pay DTH active subscribers as on 31st December, 2018, up from 69.45 million during end September 2018.


According to press reports, Airtel & Singtel are considering buying controlling stake in Dish TV. They would pay approximately ` 6,000 Crore for 60% stake. Cash strapped Dish TV has already pledged over 80% of its promoter's stake.

Temasek and Tata Opportunities Fund, who together own 19% of Tata Sky, are looking for an investor, to exit their stake.

Tata Sons owns 51% in TataSky, and 30 was owned by 21st Century Fox, which is now owned by Walt Disney Co.


Doordarshan's Free Dish DTH is estimated to have approximately 30 Million viewers, according to the FICCIEY 2019 report. This remains an estimate only, as there are no validated figures for FreeDish.

880 Sat Channels: 330 Pay & 550 FTA


As on end Dec 2018, there were a total of 880 private, licensed, satellite TV channels.

Of these, 330 were pay channels - 231 SD Pay channels & 99 HD Pay TV channels.

There were 550 FTA satellite channels.


There are 355 private FM Radio stations in 97 cities operated by Private FM Radio broadcasters.

They reported advertisement revenue during the quarter ending December 2018, of ` 706.72 crore.


Regrettably, the TRAI report does not provide specific details of the number of licensed Cable TV MSOs, and subscriber numbers.

The report also avoids mention of the fact that despite court orders and repeated assurances by the MIB, not a single new MSO license has been issued for more than 2 years!

93.86% Of Urban & 23.87% Of Rural Population Use The Internet.


There are 326 licensed ISPs, providing services to a total of 604,214,263 subscribers, a whopping growth of 7.89% in just 3 months. Of these 78.9 million were Narrowband & 525.4 million were Broadband subscribers. The top 10 Service Providers together hold 99.47% of total internet subscriber base.

At an average, a SIM card-based Internet user consumed 8.74 GB per month.

43.3% of the population received internet services. This was further segregated into 93.86% of the urban population & 23.87% of the rural population.


Only 3.5% of all broadband subscribers are on wired broadband. All others receive the internet via their mobile phones.

End Dec 2018, there were 21.42 million wired broadband subscribers, a slight drop of 1.11%. n