India had nearly 29.64% inactive connections for July 2011, although the percentage of inactive connections came down by 5.98% form June 2011 which were 35.62%. In terms of absolue figures, Airtel has the maximum number of active connections with 153.39 million in contrast with Etisalat which has the minimum number of connections with 0.49 million.

We’ve culled out data specifically on the active and inactive connections of some of the new telecom operators – many of them in the eye of the storm, following the unexpected allocation of licenses and spectrum on a first-come-first-serve basis and an arbitrary cut-off, in 2008, which forms the basis of the 2G spectrum scam.

The charts below give a slightly more realistic picture to potential partners – and if the proposed M&A policy goes through – to potential buyers, about how their user base has changed this year, both in terms of total and active users:

Data Source: TRAI

Some Observations on the new telecom operators:
– Uninor had a total of 27.38 million connections in July 2011 out of which 16.77 million connections were active. From January 2011 to July 2011, an increase of 75.88% is registered for active connections while inactive connections came down by 1.44%. May 2011 saw 11.48 million inactive connections which is the maximum for the telco. It continues to be the strongest among all the new telecom operators.
– MTS had a total of  12.25 million connections in July 2011 out of which 6.25 million connections were active. From January 2011 to July 2011, an increase of 35.66%  is registered for active connections while inactive connections went up by 33.88%. June 2011 saw 6  million inactive connections which is the maximum for the telco.
– Videocon had a total of  7.03 million connections in July 2011 out of which 2.38 million connections were active. From January 2011 to July 2011, a decrease of  20.30%  is registered for active connections while inactive connections went up by 53.89%. July 2011 saw 4.65 million inactive connections which is the maximum for the telco.
– S Tel had a total of 3.50 million connections in July 2011 out of which 1.98  million connections were active. From January 2011 to July 2011, an increase of 47.58%  is registered for active connections albeit on a low base of 1.03 million while inactive connections went up by 33.42%. June 2011 saw 2.01  million inactive connections which is the maximum for the telco.
– Etisalat Allianz had a total of  1.42 million connections in July 2011 out of which  0.49 million connections were active. From January 2011 to July 2011, an increase of 222.64 %  is registered for active connections on a much lower base of 1.51 million connections while inactive connections went up by 210.78%. July 2011 saw  0.93 million inactive connections which is the maximum for the telco.
–  Loop had a total of   3.16 million connections in July 2011 out of which 1.35  million connections were active. From January 2011 to July 2011, an increase of  0.01%  is registered for active connections while inactive connections went up by 5.88%. May 2011 saw  1.86 million inactive connections which is the maximum for the telco.

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