Seeing a slow growth in Indian telecom sector, the number of telephone subscribers in India reaches 906.18 million at the end of August 2013 according to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India‘s (TRAI) telecom subscription data as on 31st August, 2013. Looking into the Wireless segment (GSM, CDMA and FWP) telecom operators added 1.84 million subscribers, increasing the subscriber base from 874.88 million in July 2013 to 876.72 million at the end of August 2013. Private operators hold the majority of the telecom market share with 88.38%, where as Govt owned BSNL and MTNL hold only 11.62% market share.
Looking into the telecom operators performance during the period, Aircel added maximum number of mobile subscribers by around 876,883, followed by Bharti Airtel adding 833,852 subscribers and Idea Cellular with their viral 121 Ads adding 752,107 subscribers. On the loosing side Unitech sheds around 505,589 mobile subscribers during this period, followed by Tata losing 373,353 subscribers and the state owned telecom operator MTNL losing 292,518 subscribers.
Bharti Airtel still retained its top position by increasing their telecom market share to 21.93% followed by Vodafone India in second spot with 17.60% share and Reliance Communication (RCOM) in third spot with 14.46% which is closely followed by Idea cellular’s with 14.37% market share.
Mobile Number Portability requests increased from 97.82 million subscribers at the end of July 2013 to 100.20 million at the end of August 2013, recording 2.37 million requests in the month of August 2013 alone
Looking into the Broadband subscriber base, there has been an increase from 15.28 million in August 2013 from 15.24 million in July 2013, thus by showing a monthly growth of 0.26%. BSNL tops in broadband subscribers with 9.98 million, followed by Bharti Airtel with 1.43 million subscribers and MTNL with 1.08 million subscribers.
Source – TRAI