Total number of Internet subscribers increased from 604.21 million at the end of Dec-18 to 636.73 million at the end of Mar-19, registering a quarterly growth rate of 5.38%. Out of 636.73 million internet subscribers, number of Wired Internet subscribers are 21.68 million and number of Wireless Internet subscribers are 615.05 million.
The Internet subscriber base is comprised of Broadband Internet subscriber base of 563.31 million and Narrowband Internet subscriber base of 73.42 million.
The broadband Internet subscriber base increased by 7.22% from 525.36 million at the end of Dec-18 to 563.31 million at the end of Mar-19. However, the narrowband Internet subscriber base declined by 6.89% from 78.86 million at the end of Dec-18 to 73.42 million at the end of Mar-19.
A total number of 902 private satellite TV channels have been permitted by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) for uplinking only/downlinking only/uplinking and downlinking both, as on 31st March, 2019.
As per the reporting to TRAI, done by broadcasters in pursuance of the Tariff Order (Broadcasting & Cable), dated 3rd March 2017, there are 328 pay channels as on 31st March, 2019, which include 229 SD (standard definition) pay TV channels and 99 HD (high definition) Pay TV channels.
Since its introduction in the year 2003, DTH (direct-to-home) service has displayed a phenomenal growth. During the QE 31st December, 2018, there were 5 pay DTH service providers in the country.
DTH has attained net active subscriber base of around 72.44 million in QE 31st March, 2019. This is in addition the subscribers of free DTH services of Doordarshan.
Apart from the radio stations operated by All India Radio, the public broadcaster, as on 31st March, 2019, there are 356 operational private FM Radio stations in 98 cities with operational 33 Private FM Radio broadcaster as compared to 355 private FM Radio Stations in 97 cities with operational 33 FM Radio broadcasters in the previous quarter.
As per data received from MIB, as on 31st March, 2019, 251 Community Radio Stations are operational.