There is little clarity on the subscriber reporting standards in the Indian telecom sector: Telecom operators share their subscriber details with their industry associations, which, in turn, share them with the Telecom regulator TRAI. Given the high degree of churn in the Indian telecom market, a change in the reporting time-period from 30 days, to 60, and to six months, can significantly impact the figures reported for each operator and each telecom circle. Our previous two visualizations on the Indian Telecom sector gave you an insight into the Operator-wise and Circle-wise revenue and subscribers information as on December 2010.

Our latest visualization, for January 2011, provides you a more realistic picture of Active Subscribers (rather, connections, given that India is rife with multi-SIM usage), by taking into account “Peak VLR Data”. The lighter shade gives you an indication of the total number of connections, which the darker shade indicated the reported active subscribers for the month. Take a look at the chart for Reliance Communications, and give our chart a go, to get a sense of how other telecom operators are performing:

Some inferences we’ve drawn from the charts:

  • Airtel scores high active connections in almost all the circles, except in Mumbai where Reliance actually outperforms Airtel. But, Airtel does have more active connections than Tata Teleservices despite Tata having a higher number of total subcribers
  • Reliance Communications has the most consistent gap between total and active subscribers. For example, even though it has comparable number of total subscribers, as Airtel, in Delhi, it still has over a million less active connections.
  • Despite having more than 5 to 6 million subscribers on an average, per circle, BSNL’s active connections don’t go beyond an average of 3 million. Its worst performing circles are UP (East) and Tamil Nadu
  • Idea Cellular is by far the most consistent performer in all circles. Nearly 90% of the total subscribers, in each circle, are active.
  • There are many more insights that can be derived from the above charts. Do share with us what you think is remarkable. Try the chart here.

    Other India Telecom Charts:

    Indian Telecom Subscriber And Revenue Report – Operator Data
    Indian Telecom Subscriber And Revenue Report – Circle Data