India’s ‘non-active’ DTH subs rise worryingly

India’s “inactive” DTH subscribers rose 5.2 percent in Q3 and Q4 last year, according to data from the country’s Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRAI).

The country’s 6 private DTH operators reported the rises to TRAI, and took the ‘inactive’ subs to its highest-ever at 34.4 million (to Dec 31st 2016). The previous quarter’s cancellations placed the overall number at 32.7 million.

On the upside, there was some growth with net active subscribers growing 1.2 million to an overall 62.65 million.

Breaking down the overall numbers into the individual DTH operators, Dish TV had the highest share with 25 percent, followed by Tata Sky at 23 percent. Videocon d2h and Airtel Digital TV each enjoyed a 20 percent share. Sun Direct had a 10 percent share while Reliance Digital TV’s share was a modest 2 percent.

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