Tata Teleservices, which includes Tata Docomo (GSM) and Tata Indiacom (CDMA), is adding mobile subscribers at a feverish pace, and with the addition of 3.8 million connections this month, continues to add more users than any other operator. To put things into perspective, Tata Teleservices in October 2009, added more subscribers than Aircel, MTNL, Loop Telecom and MTS (Sistema Shyam) combined. At this pace, it will not be surprising if they displace Idea Cellular from the number 5 spot in the next 2-3 months.
The growth for Tata Teleservices was surprisingly rivaled closely by Vodafone Essar which added 2.98 million. Aircel has added a respectable 2.01 million new connections to reach 27.7 million connections whereas Loop Telecom attracted 50,064 new users.
- Total telephone connections in India reaches 525.65 Million
- 16.67 Million new additions in wireless market
- Overall tele-density reaches 44.87%
- Broadband subscription is 7.40 million
Note that when considering wireless connections in India, one needs to keep in mind the advent of a multi-SIM card regime in the country.
Wireless subscriber base continued its fast paced growth in October with 16.67 million additions, probably the highest number of wireless connections that India has ever added in a month, taking the total to 488.40 million. As discussed in earlier editions of the report, we still do not have figures for churn as well as overlapping of subscribers due to multiple SIMs.
Total broadband connections has increased from 7.22 million in September, 2009 to 7.40 million in October, 2009 showing a growth of 2.49%. For broadband, whether there are 7 million or 10 million connections, has now become irrelevant. The action has to switch to mobile, there is no doubt about that. Note that this figure of 7.4 million connections does not include wireless datacard users.
Wireline connections in the country continue their downslide, albeit from 37.31 million in September 2009 to 37.25 million at the end of October 2009. BSNL and MTNL – two PSU operators that hold 85.46% of the landline market share combined lost 0.12 million subscribers in the month. Overall teledensity is 3.18%.