Broadband connections in India rose by a paltry 2.67% to 9.24 million. India’s broadband connections have been increasing at this rather slow pace for a while now, and the hope is that with Reliance Industries having acquired Broadband Wireless Access spectrum across the country in the recently concluded auctions, the company will push for increasing the broadband user base and bringing down cost of access devices (computers and laptops). This number probably doesn’t include USB based EVDO connections. India has 36.39 million wireline connections, on the decline. Overall teledensity is 55.38%, with 653.92 million telecom connections, most of them in urban areas.


India added 16.39 million wireless connections, around 11 million of them GSM in May 2010; a little lower than the 16.90 Million connections reported for April. Important to note that apart from Uninor, it is likely that most telecom operators churn out subscribers after 6 months of no usage. That means that there are likely to be instances if double-counting.

For May 2010:

Telco with max additions (Incumbents): Bharti Airtel, 3 million
Telco with lowest additions (Incumbents): MTNL; 39,811
Telco with max additions (New Telcos): Videocon; 705,471
Telco with lowest additions (New Telcos): Uninor; -8,722, read why
Circle with max additions: UP (East); 1,825,111
Circle with lowest additions: North East; 136,911

– Five circles added more than a million connections each: Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka, Maharashtra, U.P.(E)
– Tamil Nadu has the most connections at 56,501,807, up almost a million connections for the month, at 1.78%.
– 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 2.81 million and Vodafone 2.59 million
– New Telco Videocon crossed the 1 million mark in May, added adding 705,471 connections to end up with 1,394,543 connections
– The combination of Etisalat and Allianz (Cheers Mobile) closed the month with only 10,122 connections, up from 4,990 connections. They’ve recently launched operations in Mumbai.
– MTS reported 4,636,046 at the end of May, but they have since crossed 5 million subscribers.

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