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India's Mobile Subscriber Base Shrank by 1.74 Million in September

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India's mobile subscriber base fell by 1.74 million during September, according to the latest figures from the Ministry of Communications and IT.

India ended the month with 906.6 million mobile subscribers, and 31.1 million landline customers. Broadband subscription reached 15.08 million in September 2012 from 14.82 million in August 2012.

The growth of rural mobile subscribers -- up by 1.7 million -- could not offset the loss of 3.44 million customers in urban areas.

Active wireless subscribers on the date of peak activity in September were 699 million, 77.1% of the total subscribers.

Mobile Number Portability requests increased from 64.92 million subscribers at the end of August 2012 to 69.78 million at the end of September 2012. In the month of September 2012 alone, 4.86 million requests have been made for MNP.

Overall Teledensity in India dropped to 77.04 at the end of September 2012 from 77.28 of the previous month.

Particulars Wireless Wireline
Total Subscribers 906.62 31.08
Total Net Monthly Addition (Millions) -1.74 -0.13
Monthly Growth (%) -0.19% -0.40%
Urban Subscribers (Millions) 571.70 23.99
Urban Subscribers Net Monthly Addition (Millions) -3.44 -0.07
Monthly Growth (%) -0.60% -0.31%
Rural Subscribers (Millions) 334.92 7.10
Rural Subscribers Net Monthly Addition (Millions) 1.70 -0.05
Monthly Growth (%) 0.51% -0.72%
Overall Teledensity 74.49 2.55
Urban Teledensity 154.64 6.49
Rural Teledensity 39.52 0.84
Share of Urban Subscribers 63.06% 77.17%
Share of Rural Subscribers 36.94% 22.83%

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