Everybody say Yippee! According to a report from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, the country has finally (finally, finally, finally) crossed the 10 million broadband connection mark. The total broadband connection base in India grew to 10.08 million, up 3.17% from August 2010, when the country reported 9.77 million broadband connections.
However, India does have more Internet connections: at the end of June 2010, there were 16.72 million dialup connections in the country. Also, we’re not sure if TRAI takes USB data card connections into account. A part of the reason behind India’s slow growth in broadband base is the lack of unbundling of the (wireline) last mile: government owned BSNL holds 73.96% of the wireline marketshare, while MTNL has 9.71%. In the meantime, the wireline connection base keeps declining month after month.
Things are still peachy on the wireless side: India added 18.18 million mobile subscribers, taking the total to 670.6 million connections. By the end of August 2010, the total telephone (wireless + wireline) subscriber base in India reached 706.37 million, tele-density of India at 59.63.
For August 2010:
Telco with max additions (Incumbents):Vodafone; 2,309,149
Telco with lowest additions (Incumbents): MTNL; 27,594(2 circles)
Telco with max additions (New Telcos): Uninor; 2,220,164
Telco with lowest additions (New Telcos): Etisalat+Allianz; 13,686
Circle with max additions: Gujarat; 1,542,472
Circle with lowest additions: Jammu & Kashmir; (-66,618)
Among the metro cities, Delhi with a 2.19% change (702,647 connections) in total wireless connection base, added the maximum number of wireless connections for the month of August.Mumbai added 620,430 a 2.08% change. J&K saw a fall of -1.40% in the total wireless subscriber base, and now has 4,681,578 total wireless connections as against 4,748,196 in August.
– Yet again, 8 circles added over 1 million connections: West Bengal, UP (East), UP (West), Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh.
– Tamil Nadu has the most connections, with 61,085,744 connections.UP (East) second with 51,878,046 and Andhra Pradesh is third, with 51,619,385 connections.
– Bharti Airtel holds the maximum percentage market share of wireless connections, 21.06%,Reliance 17.20%,Vodafone,16.97%,Idea 10.85%
– Companies like HFCL and Etisalat hold a mere 0.14% and 0.01% of the market share respectively.
*- New Telcos: Datacom/Videocon, Loop Telecom, MTS/Sistema, Swan Telecom/Etisalat, S Tel, Uninor