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Feb-09 Stats: 376.1M Mobile, 5.85M Broadband Connections; Data Cards & WiMax?

Broadband - Decelerating? India may have again added 200,000 broadband connections (as it did in January) but the growth has reduced compared to last year. Between January 1st and February 28th, 2008, the broadband connection grew by 10.86% but this year, we only registered 7.33% growth. This could partly be ascribed to lowered budgets in difficult economic times. Things may yet turn around with broadband players launching new, faster broadband packages - such as RCOM's NetConnect Plus and Tata Indicom's Photon Plus. Mobile: New Connections Or New Subscribers? The total wireless subscriber base, including WLL, GSM and CDMA users, in India is now 376.12 million, according to the latest monthly report by TRAI. India added 13.44 million wireless connections during the month, down from the 15.41 million connections that were added in January. Do remember that these are the number of connections added, and not number of subscribers. There may be a significant case of existing mobile subscribers taking additional connections - from what our telecom operator sources are telling us, subscribers are taking a free Reliance GSM connection, and retaining their original number ase well. Bharti Airtel - 91.11 million Reliance - 69.64 million Vodafone - 65.92 million BSNL - 49.24 million Idea Cellular - 37.47 million and Spice - 4.05 million Tata Teleservices - 33.86 million The total number of telephone connections reaches 413.85 million at the end of February 2009 as compared to 400.05 million in January 2009. Teledensity is now at 35.65. Wireline: Still Going Down The…

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