India’s broadband base has crossed 11 million – month on month, it grew 2.7% to 11.21 million, from 10.92 million at the end of December 2010, according to the Telecom Regulator TRAI. In comparison, the country added more mobile connections this month, yet again, than its total broadband base: India’s mobile connection base has reported a month on month increase of 2.52 percent (18.99 million) to 771.18 million by the end of January 2011. Of these, 512.26 million are termed as urban connections, with a wireless urban teledensity of 143.36%. Rural teledensity is still quite low at 31.05%, with 258.93 of the wireless connections from rural India.

Mobile Operator Leaderboard For January 2011:

– Bharti Airtel added 3.3 million connections taking its connection base to 155.8 million.
– Reliance Communications added 3.2 million connections taking its connection base to 128.87 million.
– Vodafone added 3.1 million connections, taking its base is 127.36 million. Vodafone and RCOM are neck-and-neck.
– BSNL added 2.10 million connections, taking its base to 88.81 million.
– Idea Cellular added 2.51 million connection its base is 84.28 million.
– Among new telecom operators, Uninor continued to gain momentum, with 1.79 million connections added, taking its base to 20.30 million.

The TRAI has published “the Peak VLR data” for the month of January 2011 at 71%, in order to determine the active connections. However, the TRAI has picked a 72 hour time period of peak activity during the month, and shared the total number of active connections for that time period. We would argue that it would be more pertinent to take peak VLR data for each telco, and add that up, since it would relfect more accuraely, the total number of active connections in a multi-SIM environment.

As per the TRAI’s estimates, out of the total 771.18 Million connections, 548.66 Million connections (71.14% of total) were active. Note that this does not include the CDMA VLR figure of BSNL, as the service provider has not provided the VLR figures corresponding to their total CDMA connection base of 5.38 million.

Circle-wise Wireless Data

Among the metro cities, Delhi with a 3.16% change (1,121,864 connections) in total wireless connection base, added the maximum number of wireless connections for the month of January. Mumbai, strangely enough, remained static.

-10 circles added over 1 million connections: Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi,Gujarat, Karnataka,Madhya Pradesh,Maharashtra,U.P.(E),U.P.(W),West Bengal.
– The total number of connections in Himachal Pradesh declined during the month.
– Tamil Nadu has the most connections, with 67,090,491 connections. UP (East) second with 59,835,016 and Maharashtra is third, with 58,562,753 connections.
– Bharti Airtel holds the maximum percentage market share of wireless connections at 20.20%, Reliance 16.71%,Vodafone 16.52%, BSNL 11.52%.
– Companies like HFCL and Etisalat hold a mere 0.17% and 0.06% of the market share respectively.

Circle-wise, Jammu & Kashmir has the highest proportion of VLR connections with 81.26% followed by Assam (81.02%) and Maharashtra (77.58%); Mumbai has the lowest proportion with 59.59%.

*- New Telcos: Datacom/Videocon, Loop Telecom, MTS/Sistema, Swan Telecom/Etisalat, S Tel, Uninor

Download TRAI Data for January 2011

– December 2010: India Has 529.21M Active Mobile Connections
– Nov 2010: India Has 729.57M Mobile Connections; 10.71M Broadband