India's DTH churn rate rises to 43% of base
Rebecca Hawkes
| 10 November 2014
Almost half India's direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV subscriber base is inactive, according to the latest report from telecommunications regulator TRAI.

The DTH sector has 29.33 million inactive subscribers, says The India Telecom Services Performance Indicator report, or 43.41% of the total customer base. The data, from 1 April to 30 June 2014, shows India's six private DTH operators Dish TV, Tata Sky, Sun, Airtel Digital TV and Videocon d2h have a combined total of 38.24 million active subscribers. This represents a rise of 6% in subscriber inactivity from TRAI's figures for the quarter ending March 2014.

Public broadcaster Doordarshan's free DTH satellite service Freedish also serves an estimated 12 to 14 million subscribers, and in total Indian television platforms now carry 186 pay channels.

The report also finds the total number of Internet subscribers in India has increased from 251.59 million at the end of March 2014 to 259.14 million at the end of June 2014 representing quarterly growth of 3%. Out of these, wired Internet subscribers numbered 18.55 million and wireless Internet subscribers numbered 240.60 million. The total number of mobile subscribers in India reached 914.92 million at the end of June 2014, representing a total mobile teledensity of 73.55%, and a year-on-year growth rate of 4.76%.

The number of broadband Internet subscribers increased from 60.87 million at the end of March 2014 to 68.83 million at the end of June 2014 quarterly growth of 13.07%.