According to the Indian telecom regulator TRAI, India added 9.2 million “active” connections during the month of November 2013, while it added 5.6 million total connections during the month. This is quite unusual and indicates that connections that were perhaps inactive in October, became active in November 2013.
The number of mobile users in the country is likely to be much less that the 753.45 million active connection base (which is around 85.51% of the total), since this includes multi-SIM users, and the TRAI mistakenly reports “connections” as subscribers. Perhaps, more people started using their other SIM in November.
Another interesting thing worth noticing is the dominance of the top three and the top four telecom operators in the country: Airtel, Idea and Vodafone combined, account for 54.8% of the total mobile connections in India, and 62.2% of the active connections. With RCOM, the top four telcos account for 68.1% of the total mobile connections in India and 76.7% of the active connections.
The split between various telecom operators, in terms of active connections
Active Connection Base
The Active connection data represents peak VLR (Visitor Location Register) data for the month. Some stats:
– There were 753.45 million active connection in the month of November.
– Idea has 99.35% of its connections active – the maximum among all the operators.
– Vodafone has the second highest active connection base of 96.20%, followed by Airtel at 96.03%.
In terms of the number of active connections, Airtel leads with 188.79 million connections followed by Vodafone at 152.02 million connections.
Mobile Operator Leaderboard For November 2013:
– Airtel added 1.72 million connections, taking its connection base to 196.59 million.
– Vodafone added 1.33 million connections, taking its connection base to 158.03 million.
– Aircel added 1.54 million connections, taking its connection base to 65.28 million.
– In terms of active connections, Maharashtra leads with 90.67% active connections, followed by West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Assam. Tamil Nadu has just 74.55% active connections, the lowest among all circles.
– Tamil Nadu has the most number of connections, with 73,762,509 connections. UP (East) is second with 73,614,142 connections and Maharashtra is third, with 69,698,073 connections.
– Bharti Airtel holds the maximum percentage market share of wireless connections at 22.31%, followed by Vodafone at 17.94%, Idea at 14.57%, Reliance at 13.28% and BSNL at 11.16%.
– Oct 2013: 744.24M Active Mobile Connections In India
– Sep 2013: 738.86M Active Mobile Connections In India; RCOM Loses 10.5M Connections
– August 2013: 735.91M Active Mobile Connections In India
– July 2013: India Has 15.24M Broadband, 731.39M Active Mobile Connections
– June 2013: India Has 15.19M Broadband, 731.44M Active Mobile Connections
– May 2013: India Has 15.13M Broadband, 727.92M Active Mobile Connections
– April 2013: India Has 15.09M Broadband Connections; 724.48M Active Mobile Base
– March 2013: India Has 15.05M Broadband Connections; 722.96M Active Mobile Base
– February 2013: India Has 15M Broadband Connections; 712.5M Active Mobile Connections