The Indian telecom regulatory body TRAI has released the quarterly report for the quarter ending September, 2009  on the statistics and performance of service providers in the telecommunications and internet markets.

Wireless

In the quarter ending September, 09 growth rate of GSM was 4.69 times the growth rate of CDMA, as against 2.53 in the previous quarter. GSM subscribers constituted 78.6 percent of the wireless market.

GSM

Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) declined by 11.3 percent, from Rs 185 in quarter ending June, 09 to Rs 164 in quarter ending September, 09. Decline in ARPU was largely in the prepaid segment with 12 percent from Rs 162 in June, 09 to Rs 143 in September, 09. The decline in postpaid was 1.7 percent, from Rs 539 in June, 09 to Rs 530 in September, 09.
Minutes of Use (MOU)  per subscriber continued to show a declining trend. It has declined by 6.68 percent; from 454 in the quarter ending June, 09 to 423 in quarter ending September, 09. Outgoing SMS per subscriber increased to 29 for September, 2009 as compared to 28 the previous quarter.

CDMA

The all India blended ARPU for prepaid service declined by 5.3 percent; from Rs 69 in June, 09 to Rs 65 in September, 09. But ARPU for Postpaid service increased from Rs 396 to Rs 412 for the same period. The total MOU per subscriber per month continued to show a declining trend. It declined by 9.8 percent, from 342 in June, 09 to 308 in September, 09. The Outgoing MOU declined by 9.2 percent to 145 and incoming MOU declined, by 10.5 percent to 163.

Internet

Internet subscribers increased to 14.63 million at the end of September 2009 registering a quarterly growth rate of 4.09 percent as opposed to 3.8 percent in the previous quarter.

Share of Broadband subscription in total Internet subscription increased from 47.1 percent, 6.62 million in June, 09 to 49.3 percent, 7.21 million in Septemver, 09. Out of the total 2.38 million Internet subscribers added during the period September, 08 to September, 09, 2.31 million are Broadband customers.

BSNL increased its market share to 55.23 percent for the quarter ending September, 2009 as compared to 54.09 percent for the previous quarter. MTNL and Bharti Airtel follow with 15.19 percent and 8.18 percent respectively. Maharashtra has the largest Internet and Broadband subscriber base in the country with 2.83 million users.

86.53 percent of total broadband users connect to the net using DSL (Digital Subscriber Line). Cable Modem Technology follows with 7.28 percent connections. 0.90 percent of the total broadband subscribers get connected to the net through wireless technology.

As per the reports available with the TRAI, 32 ISPs are providing Internet Telephony services presently.

Total MOU for Internet Telephony declined from 131.94 million in June, 09 to 118.01 million in September,09. Overall decrease in Internet Telephoney Minutes is mainly due to reduction of telephony minutes as reported by M/s Trak Online Net India Pvt Ltd from 38 million to 26 million during the quarter.

Revenue

The total revenue as reported by ISPs was Rs 2109.34 crores for the quarter ending September, 09 as compared to Rs 2039.51 crores for the quarter ending June, 09, showing an increase of 3.42%. The total revenue includes Rs 131.94 crores from dial up subscribers, Rs 446.67 crores from leased line subscribers, Rs 1256.70 crores from broadband subscribers, Rs 12.77 crores from internet telephony subscribers, Rs 1.02 crores from IPTV services and Rs 260.22 crores from other services.

Rural Versus Urban

There are 509.03 million telecom subscribers in India(wireless and wireline) and 29.8 percent i.e 151.81 million subscribers are from the rural areas. For the quarter ending June there were 136.27 million subscribers from the rural areas. Rural teledensity reached 18.46 and urban teledensity reached 102.79 at the end of Sep ’09.

Bharti Airtel continues to lead the pack with 38.45 million subscribers in rural areas and 74.99 million subscribers in urban areas resulting in a total market share of 22.29 percent. Reliance comes second in urban areas with 69.75 million subscribers but a disappointing 17.52 million in rural areas. PSU BSNL has a penetration of 31.02 million subscribers in rural areas and 56.19 million in urban areas.

Landlines

Wireline subscriber base declined to 37.31 Million at the end of September, 09, bringing down the wireline teledensity to 3.19 percent from 3.22 percent in June 2009. BSNL and MTNL put together have 85.67 percent of the Market share. While major private wireline service providers have increased their subscriber base marginally, the PSUs lost 0.38 million subscribers during the quarter ending September, 09. Wireline subscriber additions have been seen only in Delhi, Chennai UP(E) & UP(W).

TV, DTH, Set Top Boxes

Total Number of channels registered with Ministry of I&B increased to 472 from 447 in June,09. There are reportedly 138 pay TV channels being broadcasted or distributed by 23 broadcasters or their distributors.
Besides free DTH service by Doordarshan, there are 6 private DTH players reportedly catering to 17.34 million subscribers.

The number of set top boxes installed in CAS (Conditional Access Setup) areas of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai decreased from 8,16,192 in June, 09 to 7,34,016 in September 2009.

Radio

Apart from All India Radio,there are 248 FM Radio Stations in operation. No new FM Radio stations were launched in the quarter.

Related:
Quarterly Indian Telecom Report For June 2009: TRAI
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Oct09: India Adds 16.67M Wireless Connections; Tata Shining; 7.40M Broadband