It seems Govt owned telecom operators are facing very tough competition from the private telecom operators, as BSNL losses more than 1.4 million subscribers during the month of April, according to the latest Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) report as on 30th April, 2014. Another Govt owned telecom operator MTNL seems to be doing not so well, as it only added mere 12,666 new subscribers in the month.
According to report, the total wireless subscriber base in India which include GSM, CDMA and FWP subscribers increased from 904.51 million in March, 2014 to 907.44 million at the end of April, 2014. An addition of 2.93 million new subscribers with a monthly growth of 0.32%.
- In addition to BSNL, Reliance Communication continued its trend of losing customers along with Loop Mobile whose subscribers are being taken over by Bharti Airtel.
- On the gaining side Bharti Airtel adds 1.1 million new subscribers, which is mostly from Loop Mobile. Followed by Aircel and Telewings (earlier known as Uninor), both adding around 9 lakh new subscribers.
- Bharti Airtel retained the top position in Indian telecom sector with 22.77% market share, followed by Vodafone India with 18.44% market share and Idea Cellular with 15.05% market share.
- Overall the number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 933.00 million at the end of March, 2014 to 935.81 million at the end of April, 2014. An increase of 2.81 million subscribers.
2.23 million Mobile Number Portability requests
Mobile Number Portability requests increased from 117.01 million subscribers at the end of March, 2014 to 119.24 million subscribers at the end of April, 2014. In the month of April, 2014 alone 2.23 million requests have been made for MNP. Maximum number of MNP request have been received from Karnataka by around 13.5 million request, followed by Rajasthan with 12 million request and Andhra Pradesh with 11 million request.
India got 60.87 Million Broadband subscribers
Number of broadband subscribers increased from 60 million at the end of March 2014 to 61.74 million at the end of April 2014, an increase of 1.74 million subscribers. The data include subscribers from normal wired connection, wireless subscribers using mobile devices and dongles, and other wireless connection including Wi-Fi, Wi-Max, Point-to-Point Radio & VSAT with a minimum downloading speed of 512Kbps.
- On Wired broadband service BSNL tops the chart with 10.1 million subscribers, followed by Bharti Airtel with 1.38 million subscribers and MTNL with 1.13 million subscribers.
- On Wireless broadband service Bharti Airtel tops the chart with 11.46 million mobile internet users, followed by Idea Cellular with 7.45 million subscribers and Vodafone India with 7.26 million subscribers.