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Q209: Quarterly India Broadband, Dialup & Mobile Numbers; 5.45M Broadband Subscribers

TRAI reports that there are 5.45 million broadband subscribers in India as of December 31st 2008, up from 5.28 million in November.

The total number of telephone connections is now at 384.79 million. Around 11 million wireless subscribers (GSM/CDMA/WLL) have been added during the month of December 2008 to reach 346.89 million wireless subscribers.

While we await TRAI’s report on the telecom sector on the December quarter, here’s a look at the report on quarter ended September 2008, available for download here.

Dial Up

– Number of dial up subscribers is 12.24 million
– Growth rate is still dropping – from 5.09 percent in Q1 to 4.97 percent.
Minutes of use: down to 212 minutes per month, reflecting a reduced usage of dial up Internet. In the previous quarters minutes per subscriber per month were:

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September 2007- 206
December 2007 – 210
March 2008 – 220
June 2008 – 225

ARPU decreased to Rs 213.08 from Rs 225 in the quarter ending June 08 – a clear sign for providers to back out. Packages that encourage night time browsing are also hitting a wall with subscribers only spending 108.01 minutes per month (that’s about 3.6 minutes a night) on average.


-In its Quality of Service report, TRAI has noted that Tata Communications does not meet the set standard of ISP node availability. It has recorded 75 minutes of unavailability per month, 45 minutes more than the allowed limit.



— 4,902,881 subscribers at the end of September 2008, of which:

DSL – 4.18 million
Cable Modem – 0.46 million
Ethernet LAN – 0.12 million
Fibre – 0.05 million
Leased Line – 0.018 million, steady since the previous quarter.

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Wireless Internet

As of September, there were 88.27 million wireless Internet enabled handsets in the country, up by 16.19 percent from June 08. Please do keep in mind that this is not indicative of the actual mobile user base that is accessing the mobile Internet.


– Added 28.44 million subscribers during the July-September quarter
– Growth was 9.9% as against 9.88% in the previous quarter.




– Subscriber Base is 233.68 million, as of 31st September 2008

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– Bharti Airtel led with 77.48 million subscribers, followed by Vodafone with 54.63 and BSNL with 43.86 in the GSM space

– All India blended ARPU declined by 7.5% from Rs. 239 in June 2008 to Rs. 221 in September 2008

– Postpaid ARPU down to Rs 584
– Prepaid service ARPU –also down to Rs 189 from Rs 204 in June.

– Roaming Revenue – contribution to total revenue has dropped over the quarter to 8.4% from 9.1%
– Minutes of Use: Has bucked the trend and declined to 499 minutes. Postpaid minutes of usage increased, but prepaid decreased with lower outgoing calls being placed.
– B & C category circles have shown a substantial decline in Minutes of Use per subscriber, spelling decreased traffic over GSM networks.

– Outgoing SMS per subscriber has increased to 25 in September 08


– Subscriber Base is 81.63 million
– Growth was 9.78% compared to 8.76%
-Reliance, Tata Teleservices and BSNL have 46.84 million, 29.33 million and 4.70 million subscribers respectively.
– All India blended ARPU has declined by 12.23% to Rs 122 from Rs 139 in June quarter.

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– Blended minutes of usage in CDMA across India was 332 and Outgoing SMS per subscriber was 14
– According to the revenue reports submitted by the service providers for the quarter ending June 2008, revenue, net of “pass through”, from CDMA full mobility service is Rs. 2289.33 crores which was 2332.68 crores in the quarter ending June 2008 registering a decline of 1.85%.

– Postpaid ARPU rose to 4.56 times than that of prepaid ARPU – attributed to declining importance of processing fee on recharge coupon/ voucher purchased by prepaid subscribers.
-Roaming revenue has decreased from 6.3% to 4% in the quarter ended September 08.
– The total MOU per subscriber/ month has declined from 354 minutes to 332 minutes
Outgoing MOU has also decreased to 177 minutes per subscriber .

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