Telecom operators are crushing down inactive mobile numbers, which is not in use for two months or more. Following the past trend Wireless subscribers (GSM, CDMA & FWP) in the country decreased from 890.60 million in November 2012 to 864.72 million at the end of December 2012, registering a monthly negative growth of–2.91% reported TRAI’s latest Telecom Subscription Data as on 31st December 2012 . Private telecom operators hold 87.83% of the wireless market, where as BSNL and MTNL, the two Govt runned operators hold only 12.17% market share.
This time Reliance Communication made the large sorting out of its mobile subscribers, reported a decrease in 15,5885,211 mobile subscribers, followed by Vodafone removing 3,288,765 mobile subscribers and Tata telecommunication removing 2,957,043 mobile subscribers. Other telecom operators Aircel, Bharti Airtel, MTS, Videocon, Idea Cellular, Loop and MTNL also reported decline in mobile subscribers during December 2012. On the gaining side Unitech (Uninor) added maximum number of mobile subscribers 918,552, followed by Quadrant (HFCL) adding 63,989 mobile subscribers and Govt Owned BSNL adding 13,013 mobile subscribers.
Bharti Airtel retained its top position with 21.04% market share followed by Vodafone taking the second spot with 17.05% share and Reliance Communication (RCOM) in the third place with 13.71% share. Madhya Pradesh telecom circle reported the highest growth rate in adding mobile subscribers, followed by Kolkata and Haryana.
The number of telephone subscribers (Wired+ wireless) in India decreased to 895.51 million at the end of December, 2012 from 921.47 million at the end of November 2012, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of -2.82%. Wireline subscriber base declined from 30.87 million at the end of November 2012 to 30.79 Million at the end of December 2012 with a net reduction of 0.08 million subscribers. BSNL and MTNL holds 79.57% of the Wireline market share, followed by Bharti Airtel and Tata.
Mobile Number Portability requests increased from 77.13 million subscribers at the end of November 2012 to 80.06 million at the end of December 2012., that’s around 2.94 million requests for MNP. Maximum number of MNP requests received from Karnataka (9.90 million) followed by Rajasthan (7.58 million) and Andhra Pradesh (7.4 million).
Total Broadband subscriber base has increased from 14.88 million at the end of November 2012 to 14.98 million at the end of December 2012, there by showing a monthly growth of 0.67%. Yearly growth in broadband subscribers is 12.62% during the last one year (December 2011 to December 2012). BSNL has the maximum number of broadband subscribers (9.90 million) followed by Bharti Airtel (1.39 million) and MTNL (1.06 million). There are around 160 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) providing broadband services in the country.
Source – Trai