Another month of slow growth for Indian broadband: the connection base was up only 0.87% to 13.54 million at the end of February 2012, from 13.42 million at the end of January, according to the Indian telecom regulator TRAIThe mobile connection base increased to 911.16 Million in February as compared to 903.72 Million in January, an increase of 0.82%, but on a much larger base. The active mobile connection base is 73.60% of total, and stands at 670.61 million connections, but this includes multi-SIM users. Please keep in mind that this increased base is for the month of January, before the 2G Scam verdict from the Indian Supreme Court, following which Etisalat has stopped operations, and STel has shut down. Click here for details on license cancellation.

Active User Base of Telecom Operators

The Active connection data represents peak VLR (Visitor Location Register) data for the month, and excludes the CDMA VLR data for BSNL, which the telecom operator has not provided. Some stats:

– There were 670.61 million active connection in the month of February.
Idea has 92.90% of its connections active– the maximum among all the operators.
Airtel has the second highest active connection base of 91.88%, followed by Vodafone at 87.68%.
S Tel, MTNL, Loop, Videocon, and HFCL are at the bottom in terms of the number of active subscribers.

In terms of the number of active subscribers, Airtel leads with 164.26 million, Vodafone at 131.02 million.

Mobile Operator Leaderboard For February 2012:

– Idea Cellular added 2.58 million connections,taking its connection base to 110.70 million.
– Uninor added 2.34 million connections, taking its connection base to 41.14 million.
– Bharti Airtel added 1.82 million connections, taking its connection base to 178.77 million.
– RCom added 0.97 million connections, taking its connection base to 152 million.
– Vodafone added 0.83 million connections, taking its connection base to 149.44 million.

– In terms of Active connections, J&K leads with 82.81% active subscribers, followed by Assam, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Mumbai has just 63.74% active subscribers, the lowest among all circles.

– Tamil Nadu has the most number of connections, with 77,602,640 connections. UP (East) is second with 73,662,251 and Maharashtra is third, with 69,830,123 connections.

– Bharti Airtel holds the maximum percentage market share of wireless connections at 19.62%, Reliance is at 16.68%,Vodafone at 16.40%,Idea at 12.15% and BSNL is at 10.73%.
– Companies like HFCL and Etisalat hold a mere 0.15% and 0.09% of the market share respectively.

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

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