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April 2010: 9M Broadband Connections In India; 16.9M Wireless Connections Added

Only 36.83 million of India’s 638.05 million telecom connections are wireline, as the country crossed the 600 million wireless connection mark. The country added 16.90 Million wireless subscribers during the month of April, to end up with 601.22 million wireless subscribers. Wireless teledensity stands at 54.1%, though this isn’t indicative of the rural teledensity, since many telecom connections are concentrated primarily in urban areas. Details:

– 13 circles added over a million new connections for the month: Tamil Nadu, U.P.(E), U.P.(W), Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Delhi, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, J & K, Karnataka
– Tamil Nadu has the most connections at 55,512,543, up 3.41% from 53,682,712 for the month. It also added the most connections in April at 1,829,831 new additions
– Bharti Airtel, RCOM, Vodafone, BSNL, Tata Teleservices, Idea Cellular, Aircel added more than a million connections each during the month
– Bharti Airtel added the most connections for the month at 3 million, while RCOM added 2.73 million and Vodafone
2.89 million

– New Telco STel, which crossed the 1 million mark in March, added 105564 connections to end up with 1,112,391 connections
– Videocon, another recent launch, closed the month with 689,072 connections
– The combination of Etisalat and Allianz closed the month with only 4990 connections, up from 354 connections


India’s broadband base now stands at 9 million connections, up from up 2.8% month on month from 8.75 million at the end of March 2010. That 20 million target that the country missed (by beginning of 2010) is far away, but there is hope that after broadband wireless services are launched, the subscriber base will increase.

Download: TRAI Monthly Report – April 2010

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