Month: September 2015

Broadband subscribers see 4% rise in July despite mobile growth

NEW DELHI: The number of broadband subscribers increased by 4.1 per cent between June and July to touch 113.32 million at the end of July. The total at the end of June stood at 108.85 million. Expectedly, the largest growth was seen among mobile devices users (phones and dongles), which rose from 92.7 million to 97.04 million signifying a rise of 4.68 per cent. According to information provided by service providers to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), wired subscribers grew from 15.7 million to 15.84 signifying a minuscule growth of 0.9 per cent. But there was a fall of 2.84 per cent among fixed wireless subscribers (WI Fi, Wi Max, Point to Point Radio, and VSAT) from 450,000 to 440,000. The top five service providers constituted 83.83 per cent market share of total broadband subscribers at the end of July. These service providers were Bharti Airtel (26.51 million), Vodafone (22.71 million), BSNL (18.43 million), Idea Cellular Ltd (17.43 million) and Reliance Communications Group (9.93 million). Some wireless service providers exclude incidental data users from their subscriber base, based on minimum usage decided by them. As on 31 July, the top five Wired Broadband Service providers were BSNL (9.92 million), Bharti Airtel (1.50 million), MTNL (1.13 million), Atria Convergence Technologies (0.75 million) and YOU Broadband (0.47 million). The top five Wireless Broadband Service providers were Bharti Airtel (25.01 million), Vodafone (22.70 million), Idea Cellular (17.42 million), Reliance Communications Group (9.81 million) and BSNL (8.51 million).

Pay channel’s a la carte rate to not exceed two times its RIO rate: TRAI

NEW DELHI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) today said that the a la carte rate of a pay channel forming part of a bouquet offered by any digital platform should not exceed two times its RIO order rate offered by the broadcaster for addressable systems. TRAI also said that the sum of a la carte rates of all channels in the bouquet should not exceed three times the bouquet rate. This applies to all multi-system operators (MSOs), direct to home (DTH) operators, internet protocol service (ISP) providers and Headend in the Sky (HITS) operators providing broadcasting services or cable service to its subscribers using a digital addressable system (DAS) and offers pay channels or pay and free-to-air (FTA) channels as part of a bouquet. These provisions are contained in the draft Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services (fourth) (Addressable Systems) Tariff (Amendment order), 2015 that TRAI has prepared consequent to an order of the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Arbitration Tribunal (TDSAT) of 13 July. TRAI has also given the definitions of RIO and RIO rates in the draft, to which comments can be filed by 14 October with counter-comments if any, by 21 October. TRAI defines “RIO” as Reference Interconnect Offer published by a service provider specifying terms and conditions on which other service providers may seek interconnection from the service provider making the offer. On the other hand, “RIO rate” is the rate specified by the service provider in its Reference Interconnect Offer. The a-la-carte rates of all the channels offered by the service provider should be same for all the bouquet of channels formed by the service provider. The matter had gone to TDSAT as some platforms had objected to the “twin conditions” that were prescribed at retail level pricing of TV broadcasting services in order to link the a-la carte rates of channels to the bouquet rates in the Tariff order of 20 September, 2013. TDSAT, while disposing off the appeal vide its order of 13 July, stated that the Authority will consider the concerns of the appellants and take a final decision on the matter within four months from the date of the order.

Colors to launch on South Africa’s DStv on 15 Oct

MUMBAI: IndiaCast is all set to launch Viacom18’s Hindi general entertainment channel (GEC) Colors in Africa through its partnership with MultiChoice. Colors, which is present in more than 135 countries, will be available to DStv Indian customers in South Africa from 15 October, 2015. The channel will reach out to Indian viewers in 13 countries including South Africa, Bostwana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Angola, Lesotho, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zanzibar. Colors CEO Raj Nayak said, “In the seven years since it first launched, Colors has been a game changer in the television industry with path- breaking content that has appealed to viewer sensibilities. As the channel launches on DStv in Africa, the channel’s global penetration in more than 135 markets, with shows syndicated in over 100 markets, further reinforces our belief in our offerings and ability to match viewing preferences of our audiences.” IndiaCast group CEO Anuj Gandhi added, “At IndiaCast, it is our endeavour to present South Asian viewers across the world with quality Hindi entertainment avenues bringing a taste of Indian culture and values to their fingertips. Our association with MultiChoice is a partnership which enables us to further expand our footprint within Africa and keep viewers entertained through our varied offerings. We are happy to be able to reach out to DStv customers with content from the Colors library and look forward to reaching out to more viewers in Africa as our relationship with the network strengthens.” IndiaCast Middle East & Africa business head Sachin Gokhale said, “We are very excited to grow our presence in Africa through our partnership with MultiChoice. Brand Colors is already known by all South Asian diaspora worldwide for its innovative content, clutter breaking marketing and local connect. We are well aware that DStv customers are a discerning lot, given that they are well exposed to the best of global content, and we now look forward to ensuring that Colors exceeds their expectations, delights them and becomes a meaningful part of their lives.”

Sun Direct SD New Connection Offers for Kannada Language

[url=]DTH SD Connections offers[/url] with pricing details for Kannada Channels. Cinema + Sports Pack for 1month Rs.1590 - (167 channels) Cinema + Sports Pack for 3months Rs.1890 - (167 channels) Cinema + Sports Pack for 6months Rs.2290 - (167 channels) Cinema + Sports Pack for 13months Rs.3390 - (167 channels) Super Value Pack for 1month Rs.1790 - (178 channels) Super Value Pack for 3months Rs.2090 - (178 channels) Super Value Pack for 6months Rs.2590 - (178 channels) World Pack for 1month Rs.1790 - (174 channels) World Pack for 3months Rs.2090 - (174 channels) World Pack for 6months Rs.2690 - (174 channels) Mega Pack for 1month Rs.1890 - (209 channels) Mega Pack for 3months Rs.2390 - (209 channels) Mega Pack for 6months Rs.3090 - (209 channels)

Sony Entertainment firms up content team

MUMBAI: Multi Screen Media (MSM) is building tie team for its flagship Hindi GEC Sony Entertainment Television (SET). Close on the heels of appointing Danish Khan as business head for the channel and Anup Vishwanathan as head of marketing, the company has now firmed up its programming team with two senior level appointments. Anshuman Sinha is joining as SVP and senior creative director of the channel, while Ritesh Modi will take charge as VP and creative director. Together, Vishwanathan, Sinha and Modi will form Khan’s core team, driving the overall business of the channel including channel growth, viewership, and developing innovative revenue opportunities. Sinha comes with over 17 years of experience and his forte lies in synergising consumer sentiment with progressive content. Having more than 18 years of experience, Modi specialises in non- fiction reality show formats along with an understanding of regional markets. MSM CEO NP Singh said, “Given rising industry competitiveness, coupled with a steady surge of growing audience expectations, innovation has become the key to success and growth. It is imperative that consumer insights dictate a channel’s look and feel as well as programming.” “The new team is not only seasoned and versatile but also willing to go the extra mile to ensure that consumer choice becomes the key to new offerings from SET, the flagship channel of MSM. This new team is committed to writing the next chapter of our growth story and they have my full support,” he added.

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