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June 09: 12.03M Wireless Connections Added; Broadband At 6.62M

indiatelecomdataThe Indian telecom sector added 12.03 million wireless connections in June compared to the 11.59 million added in May. The total number of telephone connections in India rose 2.63% to 464.82 million as of end June, 2009.

  • Teledensity rose from 2.73% in May to reach 39.86% in June.
  • Wireless teledensity is now 36.64%
  • Total wireless connections is 427.28 million
  • Wireline teledensity is 3.22%
  • Broadband connections grew 3.4% to 6.62 million. This is an increase of 21.4% from December 31, 2008.

Operator-wise Additions

  • Vodafone Essar – 2.36 million, total connections as of June 09 – 76.45 million
  • Loop Mobile – added 48, 778 million, total 2.3 million
  • Idea Cellular – added 1.5 million, total 42.76 million; Spice – added 85,039, total 4.3 million
  • Bharti Airtel – added 2.81 million, total 102.36 million
  • Reliance – added 2.39 million, total 79.6 million
  • MTS (Sistema Shyam) – added 0.25 million, total 1.19 million
  • Tata Indicom – added 0.62 million, total 37.1 million
  • Aircel – added 1.1 million, total 21.79 million
  • MTNL – added 37,583 connections, total 4.6 million
  • BSNL – added 0.76 million, total 54.36 million

Growth In C-Class Cities Up 70% YoY

The number of wireless connections in C circle cities grew 3.9% in June compared to the national average of 2.9% and a growth of 2% in metros, reflecting the fact that Tier-3 cities are still under-served. They are clearly rising fast – the year on year growth was 70.2% compared to 36.8% in metros.


The number of landlines in the country continues to slide mainly due to PSUs BSNL and MTNL who lost 0.19 million connections. Sistema Shyam (MTS) is also lost 3946 connections in the month.

  • 0.12 million wirelines were disconnected
  • There were a total of 37.54 million wireline connections in India – just 8% of the overall telecom userbase.
  • Bharti Airtel added 36,581 connections, bringing its total to 2.8 million landlines
  • Reliance added 7331 connections, total 1.13 million
  • Tata Teleservices added 26,594 connections, total 0.96 million

Download: TRAI report (PDF)


India Adds 12.05M Connections In June; E-Governance Roll Outs Delayed
–  May-09: 8.3Mn GSM Connections Added; 89,710 BSNL Connections Dropped
Q209: Quarterly India Broadband, Dialup & Mobile Numbers; 5.45M Broadband Subscribers
Q1 India Telecom Data

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