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India: Half DTH subs inactive

India’s telecom regulator TRAI says that half of the nation’s DTH subscribers are inactive as at the end of June. The precise number is 49.54 per cent out of a claimed installed DTH base of 78.74 million users, spread across the 6 main DTH operators. This equates to some 39 million inactive homes (and 39.74 million ‘active’ subs).

Other end-June data showed that the regulator had licensed a total of 826 private channels, with 4 new pay-TV channels added during the quarter-year (AXN HD, Sony KIX, ETV News Odia and Star Movies Select HD).

Three pay-channels went off air during the quarter-year (Fox Crime, 9X and Zee Premier). There were 251 pay-TV channels active according to broadcaster’s reports.

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