As far as mobile is concerned, the new year seems to be going the Tata way. Tata Teleservices continues to add more connections than anyother telco for the month of January 2010. It has added 2.98 million connections in January taking its total to 60.31 million connections beating Idea Cellular for the first time. All top telcos have added more than 2 million connections each taking the total number of wireless connections in India to 545.05 million. There was a net addition of 19.90 million new connections for the month. Wireless tele-density stands at 46.37.
Bihar added 2.22 million new connections, the most number of additions as compared to any other state. There are 10 telecom operators in Bihar including new entrant S Tel and Uninor. Andhra Pradesh has the largest number of mobile connections that stands at 42.90 million as of January 2010. Bharti Airtel has a big presence in Andhra Pradesh with a total of 12.43 million connections.
For the quarter ended December 2009, HFCL Infotel reported a loss of Rs 135.33 milion, no wonder they have been losing customers regularly. For the month of January HFCL which operates in Punjab only, lost 17,770 connection and is left with 324092 connections.
New entrant Stel and Uninor seem to be doing quite well for themeselves. In their second month of operation STel has added 364,768 new connections taking its total to 506,179 connections. STel operates in Bihar, Himachal Pradesh and Orissa. Uninor added 1.33 million new connections and now has a total of 2.54 million connections in the UP (E&W), Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Kerela, Karnataka, and Bihar.
Total Broadband connections base has increased from 7.83 million in December 2009 to 8.03 million in January 2010, an increase of 0.2 million showing a a growth of 2.42 percent. Broadband connections have been increasing at a steady pace. In January 2009 there were only 5.65 million broadband connections in the country, by mid year 2009 in July the numbers were up to 6.80 million. At the end of November 2009 there were 7.57 million broadband connections The telecom report from TRAI does not have information on number of data card users in India.
Wirelines connections have declined from 37.06 million in December 2009 to 36.76 Million at the end of January 2010. BSNL and MTNL have been regularly losing connections. In January, they lost 0.36 million connections. Wireline teledinsity stands at 3.13%. In contrast, private players which include Airtel, Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices have been adding wireline connections even though in small numbers.
Airtel added 27,072, Reliance added 4,078, HFCL added 1,361, SSTL added 571,Tata Teleservices added 17,526 whereas MTNL lost 239,309 and BSNL lost 117,583 wireline connections.
—Dec 09: India Adds 19.1M Wireless Connections; 7.83M Broadband
—Dec 09: India Adds 12.52M GSM Connections
—TRAIs Indian Telecom Report For July-Sep 2009
—Nov09: India Adds 11.09M GSM Connections