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June 2010: 9.45M Broadband Connections In India; 17.97M Mobile Additions

Yet again we witnessed a rather insubstantial rise of 2.27% in the number of Broadband connections in India, while the Wireline subscriber base has declined by 0.016% over the past month. BSNL/MTNL holding the maximum market share of 84.09%, dominate the Wireline market with Bharti running in second with a mere 8.71% of the shares. Reliance Communications has increased its broadband market-share to 3.29%, from 3.19% last month. Big brother isn’t in the game yet, and this number probably doesn’t include USB based EVDO broadband connections.

Wireless/Mobile

As opposed to the decline in the number of new wireless connections in India, added last month in May as compared to April, this month there was a substantial rise in the statistics, around 17.98 million, registering a growth rate of 2.91%. The total teledensity also being more than the previous month at 56.83%. Uninor, a relatively new telecom operator in the industry, has risen drastically from having a decline in the number of wireless to becoming the one with the maximum addition among new telcos. Note that most telecom operators do not churn out subscribers for six months, so there could be instances of double-counting. India is a multi-SIM market.

For June 2010:

Telco with max additions (Incumbents): Bharti Airtel, 3 million
Telco with lowest additions (Incumbents): MTNL; 43,811
Telco with max additions (New Telcos): Uninor; 1,010,726
Telco with lowest additions (New Telcos): Etisalat+Allianz; 8,074
Circle with max additions: UP (East); 1,674,644
Circle with lowest additions: North East; 136,997

Notes:
– Nine circles added more than a million connections each: Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, U.P.(E), U.P. (W), West Bengal.
– Tamil Nadu has the most connections at 57,970,459, up almost a million connections for the month, at 1.78%.
– Bharti Airtel, RCOM, Vodafone, BSNL, Tata Teleservices, Idea Cellular, Aircel, Uninor added more than a million connections each during the month
– Bharti Airtel yet again added the most connections for the month at 3 million, while RCOM added 2.83 million and Vodafone 2.71 million
– Uninor, after losing 8,722 connections lat month added 1,010,726 wireless connection in June 2010, thus crossing the 5 million mark.

*- New Telcos: Datacom/Videocon, Loop Telecom, MTS/Sistema, Swan Telecom/Etisalat, S Tel, Uninor

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