It seems Govt owned telecom operators are slowly fading out from the Indian Telecom sector and private operators are taking the grip. Continuously for the second time Govt owned telecom operator BSNL see massive subscriber loss, now for around 1.57 million subscribers, says the report released by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) as on 31st January 2014.
In addition the other Govt owned telecom operator MTNL also loses its subscriber bases by around 96,306 subscribers. On the other hand Bharti Airtel added maximum number of subscribers to its network by around 2.4 million, followed by Vodafone India with 1.78 million subscribers and Idea Cellular with 1.58 million subscribers.
Total wireless subscriber base which include GSM, CDMA and FWP subscribers increased from 886.30 million in December, 2013 to 893.31 million at the end of January, 2014, registering a monthly growth of 0.79%. Overall taking the total number of telephone subscribers in India which include both wireless and wireline increased from 915.19 million at the end of December, 2013 to 922.04 million at the end of January, 2014.
Bharti Airtel retained its top position with 22.348% market share, followed by Vodafone India with 18.16% market share and Idea Cellular in the third position with 14.58 % market share.
2.56 million MNP request within a Month
Mobile Number Portability requests increased from 109.37 million subscribers at the end of December, 2013 to 111.94 million at the end of January, 2014. In the month of January, 2014 alone 2.56 million requests have been made for MNP. Maximum number of MNP request have been received from Karnataka by around 12.7 million, followed by Rajasthan with 11.2 million and Andhra Pradesh with 10.2 million.
Wireline Segment declined to 28.72 Million
India’s Wireline subscriber base declined from 28.89 million at the end of December, 2013 to 28.72 Million at the end of January, 2014. BSNL still remain the top airline provider with 65.29% market share, followed by MTNL with 12.32% and Bharti Airtel with 11.68%.
India has 56.90 Million Broadband subscribers
There are 56.90 Million Broadband subscribers in the country at the end of January, 2014. 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.
Wired Subscribers account for 14.55 million subscribers, followed by Mobile devices (mobiles and Dongles) with 41.95 million subscribers and other Wirless devices (Wi-Fi, Wi-Max, Point-to-Point Radio & VSAT) with 0.40 million subscribers.
BSNL tops in the wired broadband market with 9.98 million subscribers, followed by Bharti Airtel with 1.39 million subscribers and MTNL with 1.11 million subscribers. On the Wirless broadband service Bharti Airtel tops the chart with 10.10 million subscribers, followed by Reliance communication with 6.96 million subscribers and BSNl with 6.56 million subscribers.
Source – TRAI