The Russian DTH platform Orion Express grew its subscriber base by 5% in the first half of this year.

According to results published by AKTR and the company, it amounted to 2.7 million as of the end of last month, or 119,000 more than as of December 31 last year.

The strongest growth was seen in St Petersburg and the Leningrad region (15% each), followed by Moscow (14%).

Significantly, ARPU also increased in the first six months of this year, up to R79 (€1.24) for the budget package and R249 on average.

Orion Express’s good performance comes against the backdrop of a slowdown in the Russian pay-TV market and crisis in the economy.

It has recently added to its channel offer without increasing subscription fees.