India’s mobile connection base has reported an increase of 3.24 percent to 729.57 million from November 2010, from 706 million in the month of October, according to the Telecom Regulator TRAI. However, as with the last month, we have no clue about how much of this base is actually active. In September 2010, the TRAI had published VLE data which suggested that 482.89 million, approximately 69.38% of the total user base, was active.
In additional, India has only 10.71 million broadband connections, though this does not take into account the total number of dialup connections, and probably excludes the EVDO and 3G based data card connections as well.
Mobile Leaderboard For November 2010:
– Vodafone added 3.12 million connections taking its connection base to 121.16 million by end of November 2010. It’s closing in on RCOM.
– Bharti Airtel added 3.10 million connections, taking its connection base to 149.39 million.
– Reliance Communications added 3.01 million connections, taking its base to 122.36 million
– BSNL added 2.99 million connections, taking its base to 83.73 million
– Idea Cellular added 2.9 million connections, taking its base to 76.02 million
– Among new telecom operators, Uninor continued to gain momentum, with 2.44 million connections added, taking its base to 16.19 million.
Among the metro cities, Mumbai with a 2.56% change (824,485 connections) in total wireless connection base, added the maximum number of wireless connections for the month of November. Delhi added 572,645.
– 9 circles added over 1 million connections: Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, U.P.(E), U.P.(W) and West Bengal.
– Tamil Nadu has the most connections, with 65,279,858 connections. UP (East) second with 56,231,582 and Andhra Pradesh is third, with 55,562,993 connections.
– Bharti Airtel holds the maximum percentage market share of wireless connections at 20.48%, Reliance 16.77%, Vodafone 16.61%.
– Companies like HFCL and Etisalat hold a mere 0.20% and 0.02% of the market share respectively.
*- New Telcos: Datacom/Videocon, Loop Telecom, MTS/Sistema, Swan Telecom/Etisalat, S Tel, Uninor