In October 2008, India added 10.42 million wireless subscribers – up from 10.07 million added in September. The wireless subscriber base is now 325.73 million, up from 315.24 million at the end of September. Importantly, and as expected, India crossed the 5 million Broadband connections mark, ending October with 5.05 million Broadband subs, up 150,000 for the month.
The teledensity is now 31.50%, though the gradual decline in wireline isn’t helping.
When Will India Reach 10 Million Broadband Subscribers?
We’ve done some projections for when India will hit 10 million subscribers, taking two situations – if the average broadband subscriber addition is 173,000 per month (average of last six) and if the growth in broadband subscriber base is 3.92% (average of last six months):
This situation will obviously change as wireless broadband takes root – both over 3G and WiMax. Broadband over EVDO is already operational in Bangalore, and from what we’ve heard – in Hyderabad. One should also keep in mind that there may be an overlap between wireless broadband users and wireline – the early adopters are likely to have both.