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Dec 09: India Adds 19.1M Wireless Connections; 7.83M Broadband

Tata Teleservices continues to add more customers than any other telecom operator in the month of December: 17.46 percent of total additions of 19.10 million connections in December. The highlight for the month is, however, the stellar performance of two new entrantsS Tel and Uninor.
Uninor launched in 7 circles simultaneously and then expanded services to Orissa within December. In one month, the telecom operator has amassed 1.21 million connections. S Tel had launched its services in Himachal Pradesh and in December itself reachd out to Assam and Orissa. Taking into consideration that it was operating only in 3 circles it has managed a commendable 141,411 connections.
  • Wireless subscription reaches 525.15 million
  • Wireline subscription declines to 37.06 million
  • Overall Tele-density reaches 47.89%
  • Broadband subscription is 7.83 million

In December, there was a net addition of 19.10 million wireless connections taking the total number of wireless connections to  525.15 million by the end of the year. It should be kept in mind that these figures do not factor in churn and overlapping due to multiple SIMs, so the figures are connections and necessarily not customers.


Total broadband connections have increased from 7.57 million in November to 7.83 million in December, showing a growth of 3.56 percent .


Wireline connections declined from 37.16 million in November to 37.06 million at the end of December. BSNL and MTNL hold 85.22% of the wireline market share but they lost 0.12 million subscribers in the month. Overall wireline teledensity is at just 3.16%.

Details: TRAI Data

Dec 09: India Adds 12.52M GSM Connections
TRAIs Indian Telecom Report For July-Sep 2009
Nov09: India Adds 11.09M GSM Connections
Batelco Funded S Tel Lauches GSM Operations; Indiatimes; Per Second Billing
Live: Uninor Launches In 7 Circles; Price War @Rs. 0.29

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