India added around 400,000 broadband connections during the month, taking the total broadband base to 11.87 million. Its mobile connection base has reported an increase of 2.55 percent to 811.58 million from March 2011, from 791.38 million in the month of February,according to the Telecom Regulator TRAI. Please note that the TRAI refers to these as mobile ‘subscribers’, while we feel that the phrase ‘connections’ is more apt in a multi-SIM environment.
In terms of connection additions, 12.88 million wireless consumers have been added in Urban India, while 7.33 have been added in Rural India. Urban teledensity, as per the TRAI is at 150.06%, accounting for 66.3% of the connection base, while rural teledensity is at 32.75%, accounting for 33.70% of the connection base.
Mobile Operator Leaderboard For March 2011:
– Vodafone added 3.6 million connections,its connection base to 134.56 million.
– RCom added 3.5 million connections, taking its connection base to 135.71 million.
– Bharti Airtel added 3.2 million connections
– Idea Cellular added 2.7 million connections.
Active User Base
The Active connection data represents peak VLR (Visitor Location Register) data for the month, and excludes the CDMA VLR data for BSNL, which the telecom operator has not provided. Some stats:
– Only 70.72% of the total mobile connection base is active – approximately 573.97 million connections. Note that there may be multi-SIM connections, so even this figure isn’t indicative of active mobile users.
– Idea Cellular has 93.07% and Bharti Airtel have 90.72% connections active
– For BSNL, Tata Teleservices, Loop Telecom, MTS, Uninor, HFCL, Videocon, only around 40-55% of their base is active.
Circle-wise Wireless Data
Among the metro cities, Delhi with a 3.41% change (1,278,906 connections) in total wireless connection base, added the maximum number of wireless connections for the month of March.Mumbai added 473,661.
-10 circles added over 1 million connections: Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh,Maharashtra,Tamil Nadu,U.P(E),U.P(W),West Bengal.
– Tamil Nadu has the most connections, with 69,632,613 connections.UP (East) second with 63,679,385 and Maharashtra is third, with 61,716,246 connections.
– Bharti Airtel holds the maximum percentage market share of wireless connections at 19.99%, Reliance 16.72%,Vodafone 16.58%, BSNL 11.32%.
– Companies like HFCL and Etisalat hold a mere 0.18% and 0.12% of the market share respectively.
*- New Telcos: Datacom/Videocon, Loop Telecom, MTS/Sistema, Swan Telecom/Etisalat, S Tel, Uninor