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Broadband continues upward spiral as narrowband declines in June-Sept 2014

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NEW DELHI: The number of narrowband Internet subscribers declined from 190.31 million at the end of June 2014 to 178.67 million at the end of September 2014, showing a quarterly decline of 6.12 per cent.

However, the quarterly report of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) ending September 2014 shows the number of Broadband Internet subscribers increased from 68.83 million at the end of June to 75.73 million at the end of September with a quarterly growth of 10.03 per cent.

The report says as at the end of September 2014, there were a total of 187 pay channels as reported by broadcasters for which the wholesale channels rates have been taken on record. During the quarter ending September 2014, the rate of Raj Music Kannada channel was taken on records.

In non CAS areas, the maximum number of television channels being carried by any reporting multi-system operator was 400, whereas the maximum number of channels being carried by any reporting MSO was 100 in conventional analogue form.

Apart from All India Radio, there were 243 private FM radio stations in operation at the quarter ending September 2014, according to information supplied to TRAI by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry.

Apart from the free DTH service of Doordarshan, Freedish, there are six private DTH operators. All the six private DTH operators are offering pay DTH services.

The total numbers of registered and active subscribers being served by these six private DTH operators as reported to TRAI were 70.33 million and 39.13 million respectively as on 30 September 2014.

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