The total broadband connection base in India grew by 3.39% during July 2010, up from 9.45 million at the end of June 2010, inching slowly towards the 10 million mark, even as the number of wireline connections in the country declined by around 220,000 to 35.96 million. BSNL holds 74.20% of the wireline marketshare, while MTNL has 9.67%. Bharti Airtel is closing in on MTNL, with 8.83% of India’s wireline connections. But when it comes to broadband, there is little doubt that broadband in India will have to be mobile, and the recent allocation of 3G and BWA spectrum offers some hope. The broadband numbers probably don’t include EVDO.
By the end of July 2010, the total telephone (wireless + wireline) subscriber base in India reached 688.38 million, tele-density of India at 58.17. Airtel added the maximum number of wireline connections at 2.6 million, amounting to 15.37% of the total connections added for the month and a change of 1.9% in its total wireless connection base. Reliance ran in at second with 2.5 million new connections, 14.84% of the total. Idea cellular added 1.86 million connections, taking its total wireless connection base to 70.75 million, 2.7% more.
For July 2010:
Telco with max additions (Incumbents): Bharti Airtel, 2.6 million
Telco with lowest additions (Incumbents): MTNL; 44,909 (2 circles)
Telco with max additions (New Telcos): Uninor; 850,143
Telco with lowest additions (New Telcos): Etisalat+Allianz; 11,827
Circle with max additions: Tamil Nadu; 1,739,249
Circle with lowest additions: Jammu & Kashmir; (-914,886)
U.P., as a state added the most number of telecom connections – the U.P. East circle added 1.13 million and U.P. West added 1.2 million connections. Among the metro cities, Delhi with a 3.21% change (995,972 connections) in total wireless connection base, added the maximum number of wireless connections for the month of July. Mumbai added 732,779, a 2.52% change. J&K saw a fall of 16.16% in the total wireless subscriber base, and now has 4.75 million total wireless connections as against 5.66 million in June.
– Yet again, 9 circles added over 1 million connections: West Bengal, UP (East), UP (West), Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh.
– UP(East) and Andhra Pradesh both crossed the 50 million connections mark in July 2010.
– Tamil Nadu has the most connections, with 59,709,708 connections. Andhra Pradesh is second, with 50, 507, 427 connections, and UP (East) third with 50,479,861.
– Bharti Airtel holds the maximum percentage market share of wireless connections, 21.34%, with Reliance at 17.37%.
– Together Airtel, Reliance and Vodafone hold more than half of the wireless connection market share among 15competitors.
– Companies like HFCL and Etisalat hold a mere 0.13% and 0.005% of the market share respectively.
*- New Telcos: Datacom/Videocon, Loop Telecom, MTS/Sistema, Swan Telecom/Etisalat, S Tel, Uninor