Indian Mobile Subscriber Base Neared 904 Million at the End of Jan 2012
Published on: 6th Mar 2012
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By: Ian Mansfield
India's telecoms regulator the TRAI has announced that the total number of telephone subscribers in India increased to 936.12 million at the end of January 2012 from 926.53 million at the end of December 2011 thereby registering a growth rate of 1.04%.
Of that, the total wireless subscriber base increased from 893.84 million in December 2011 to 903.73 million at the end of January 2012, registering a growth of 1.11%.
The share of Urban Subscriber has marginally decreased from 65.59% to 65.41% where as share of Rural Subscribers has marginally increased from 34.41% to 34.59%. The overall wireless Tele density in India reached 74.89%.
Wireless subscription in Urban Areas increased from 586.26 million in December 2011 to 591.10 million at the end of January 2012. The subscription in Rural Areas increased from 307.59 million to 312.62 million during the same period.
Private operators hold 88.56% of the wireless market share where as BSNL and MTNL, two state owned operators hold only 11.44% market share.
Out of the total 903.73 million subscribers, 659.97 million were active on the date of Peak VLR for the month of January 2012. The total active VLR number excludes the CDMA VLR figure of BSNL, as the service provider has not provided the VLR figures of their total CDMA subscriber base of 4.35 million. The proportion of VLR subscribers is approximately 73.03% of the total wireless subscriber base reported by the service providers.
Circle-wise, J&K has the highest proportion of VLR subscribers with 82.33% followed by Assam (80.05%) and MP (79.10%); Mumbai has the lowest proportion with 61.79%.
Service Provider wise, Idea leads the tally with 93.18% followed by Bharti (91.17%); Etisalat is at the bottom with 25.56%.