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March 2013: India Has 15.05M Broadband Connections; 722.96M Active Mobile Base

India’s broadband connection base increased by 0.35% to 15.05 million at the end of March 2013, from 15 million at the end of February, according to the Indian Telecom regulator TRAI. Its worth noting that India’s target for 2010 was 20 million broadband connections, and we optimistically hope that it will be reached before 2015. The total number of mobile connections in the country (including multi-SIM and inactive connections) increased to 867.80 million in March, and the active mobile connection base increased: 722.96 million mobile connections in India – around 83.31% of total – are active. Don’t confuse this with mobile users though, since it includes multi-SIM users. 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 722.96 million active connection in the month of March. - Idea has 98.86% of its connections active - the maximum among all the operators. - Vodafone has the second highest active connection base of 95.61%, followed by Airtel at 95.00%. In terms of the number of active connections, Airtel leads with 178.78 million connections followed by Vodafone at 145.66 million connections. Mobile Operator Leaderboard For March 2013: - RCOM added 3.02 million connections, taking its connection base to 122.97 million. - Vodafone added 2.46 million connections, taking its connection base to 152.35 million. - Idea added 2.31 million connections, taking its connection base to 121.60 million. - Bharti Airtel added 1.57 million…

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