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Feb 2010: 8.59M Broadband Connections in India; Adds 18.76M Wireless

Vodafone seems to have stolen the thunder from Tata Teleservices in February: after more than 6 months of Tata Teleservices (namely Tata Docomo) accumulating the most number of wireless connections every month, in February, Vodafone acquired 3.09 million connections – 0.24 million more than Tata, and with it, bragging rights in the telecom space. Even Airtel has edged passed Tata by acquiring a total of 2.9 million connection 60,370 more than Tata Teleservices. (Nikhil adds: It must be that irritating train advertisement. Overkill)

All operators included India added a total of 18.76 million new connections in February alone to take the total wireless connection in the country to 563.73 million. Interestingly when big telcos are busy with acquiring new connection by the millions, Sistema Shyam that operates CDMA services under the brand MTS has lost 6,980 connections.

New Entrant Uninor continues to add connections in millions. From December to Feb, its first three months of operations the telco has added 1.2 million, 1.33 million and 1.02 million connections respectively. S Tel which started operations in the same month has been consistent in its performance and has added 0.21 million connections in February to take its total to 0.72 million. However early this month DoT asked S Tel to stop its services citing security reasons. If the issue is not solved than it will definitely bring down S Tel numbers in the coming months.

Telco’s Share In Net Additions For February 2010

We already know that Reliance Communication has crossed the 100 million mark early this month, but in February the telco added 2.81 million connections and had reached 97.23 million connections.

Total Telephone connections in the country crossed the 600 million mark mainly due to the rapid additions of wireless connection and overall tele-density has reached 51.05.

Note: In TRAI’s February’s release, Sistema Shyam’s number of connections for January has been quoted at 3,256,032. In this month’s release the number of connection for Sistema for January has been quoted at 3,186,446.


Broadband penetration continues to grow at snails pace in India. For February broadband connections increased from 8.03 million in January to 8.59 million showing a growth rate of 6.95 percent. The telecom report from TRAI does not have information on number of data card users in India, and frankly, we don’t even know how many of these are Fixed Wireless. TRAI should provide more info on broadband subscribers in India.


Wireline connection declined by 0.04 million to 36.96 million. PSU BSNL and MTNL have lost 5,580 and 77,484 wireline connection respectively in February. It’s only these two that have been continuously losing wireline connections, private players have been adding connections even though in small numbers. Airtel added 25,095 connections;  Reliance added4,012; HFCL added 1,461; SSTL added 367; and Tata Teleservices added 16,006 wireline connections.

Maybe BSNL opening up the last mile will help.

Feb 2010: India Adds 13.01 Million GSM Connections
Jan 2010: India Crosses 8M Broadband Connections; Adds 19.90 M Wireless
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

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