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November 2011: Tata Tele Loses 4.4M Connections; India has 13.13M Broadband Connections

Even as the number of active subscribers in India’s large telecom market went up to 635.4 million in November 2011, up from 626.1 million at the end of October 2011, according to a report from the Indian telecom regulator TRAI, Tata Teleservices has reported a decline of around 4.45 million in its connection base. Thus the growth in the total connection base was only 2.9 million, pulled down by the decline in Tata Tele’s base. Does this, perhaps, indicate a shift from CDMA to GSM operators, or does it mean that there has been a shift from Tata Tele to others? The GSM connection base (sans Tata Tele and RCOM) was, as reported by the GSM association COAI, up by 6.67 million.

On the broadband front, the growth is slow as ever: India witnessed a growth of 1.21% in its broadband connection base, taking the total number of broadband connections to 13.13 million in November 2011 from 12.98 million in October.

Active User Base of Telecom Operators

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:

– There were 635.42 million active connection in the month of November.
Idea has 92.26% of its connections active– the maximum among all the operators.
Airtel has the second highest active connection base of 89.46%, followed by Vodafone at 83.30%.
Etisalat, S Tel, MTNL, and Loop are at the bottom in terms of the number of active subscribers.
– In terms of the number of active subscribers, Airtel leads with 156.28 million, followed by Vodafone at 122.31 million, RCOM at 96.77 million and Idea at 95.94 million.
–  Only RCOM, Idea Cellular and Uninor added more than a million connections each, with Idea Cellular adding the most at 2.17 million.

Mobile Operator Leaderboard For November 2011:

– Idea Cellular added 2.17 million connections,taking its connection base to 103.99 million.
– Uninor added 1.86 million connections, taking its connection base to 34.18 million.
– RCom added 1 million connections, taking its connection base to 149.13 million.
– Bharti Airtel added 0.96 million connections, taking its connection base to 174.69 million.
– Vodafone added 0.92 million connections, taking its connection base to 146.84 million.
– BSNL lost 184,086 connections, witnessing a negative growth of 0.19%
– Videocon lost 588,314 connections, witnessing a negative growth of 9.69%
– Tata Teleservices lost 4,445,752 connections, witnessing a negative growth of 5.06%

– In terms of Active connections, J&K leads with 81.63% active subscribers, followed by Assam, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Mumbai has just 60.17% active subscribers, the lowest among all circles.

– Tamil Nadu has the most number of connections, with 75,033,650 connections. UP (East) is second with 70,841,247 and Maharashtra is third, with 67,195,823 connections.

– Bharti Airtel holds the maximum percentage market share of wireless connections at 19.75%, Reliance is at 16.86%,Vodafone at 16.60%,Idea at 11.76% and BSNL is at 10.86%.
– Companies like HFCL and Etisalat hold a mere 0.13% and 0.18% of the market share respectively.

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October 2011: India has 12.98M Broadband Connections; 626.14M Active Mobile
– September 2011: India has 12.84M Broadband Connections; 617.73M Active Mobile
– August 2011: India has 12.69M Broadband Connections; 608.59M Active Mobile
– July 2011: India has 12.50M Broadband Connections; 606.43M Active Mobile
– June 2011: India has 12.32M Broadband Connections; 594.73M Active Mobile
– May 2011: India has 12.12M Broadband Connections; 69.99% Of 840.28M Mobile Are Active
– April 2011: India has 12.01M Broadband Connections; 70.53% Of 826.93M Mobile Are Active
– March 2011: India Has 11.87M Broadband Connections; 811.58M Mobile With 70.72% Active
– 6.42 Million Requests for Mobile Number Portability in March 2011 In India

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