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Oct 2008: Projections For 10M Broadband; India Adds 10.42 M Wireless; Crosses 5M Broadband

Projection 10 Million Broadband Subscribers India

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. 

Subscriber Stats October 2008 India Broadband Mobile
Download for October 2008:
— CDMA Circle and Operator Data 
— GSM Circle and Operator Data
— TRAI Report On Broadband and Wireless

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):

Projection 10 Million Broadband Subscribers India

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.

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