Reliance was the highest contributor to India’s net additions to the mobile subscriber base in January with 4.95 million. India added 15.41 million subscribers during January to reach a subscriber base of 362.30 million, up from 346.89 million in December, according to the latest TRAI report. Vodafone added 2.4 million subscribers and Bharti Airtel added 2.73 million.
Here is a list of top operators and their mobile subscriber bases:
Bharti Airtel – 88.32 million
Reliance – 66.29 million
Vodafone – 63.34 million
BSNL – 47.58 million
Idea Cellular – 36.06 million and Spice – 3.95 million
Tata Teleservices – 32.79 million
Wireline: Wirelines are on a decline as January recorded a drop of 150,000 wirelines from 37.9 million subscribers in December to 37.75 million. In January 2007, India had 40.3 million wirelines.
Even as private operators Bharti Airtel, Reliance and HFCL Infotech recorded a growth in wireline subscriber base, the PSUs contributed to the downturn, recording a total loss of 21,9914 subscribers. BSNL saw a drop from 29,500,460 subscribers in December to 29,291,013 despite its attempts to increase uptake such as the zero rent scheme launched for rural landline customers.
Sistema Shyam Teleservices also recorded a decline in wireline subscribers from 141,966 in December to 138,747 in January while MTNL wireline subscriber base slipped from 3,533,811 to 3,523,344.
Two years ago, there were just 2.1 million broadband subscribers. Now the figure has more than doubled to 5.65 million connections. The country added 200,000 broadband subscribers in the month of January.
India is on track to reach 10 million broadband subscribers by September 2012, as we had projected earlier. However, from here on, India will have to add broadband subscribers at an increasing rate, else it may take longer.