Indian Broadband Subscribers Cross 55.20 Mn Mark, Over 109.3 Mn MNP Requests Made: TRAI

The number of broadband subscribers in the country crossed the 55.2 million mark at the end of December 2013 (including wireless), as per the latest TRAI data.

The number of wired broadband subscribers grew at just 1.9% as of November 2013 (YoY). The top five service providers own 82.36% of the total market share of broadband subscribers.

Of these, 40.27 million subscribers are mobile device users, 14.54 million are wired subscribers and 0.39 million use wireless services like wi-fi, wi-max, point-to-point radio and VSAT.

The Top 5 Broadband Service Providers

Service Provider

Number of Subscribers (Mn)

BSNL

16.54

Bharti Airtel

10.88

Reliance

6.98

Idea

5.87

Top 5 Wired Broadband Service Providers

Service Providers

Subscribers (Mn)

BSNL

9.98

Bharti Airtel

1.39

MTNL

1.11

Hathway Cable

0.36

Beam Telecom

0.35

  Top 5 Wireless Broadband Service Providers

Service Provider

Subscribers (Mn)

Bharti

9.49

Reliance

6.86

BSNL

6.55

Idea

5.86

Vodafone

5.20

Despite the increase in broadband connections, a report by Akamai had found the adoption of high-speed broadband in India to be the lowest worldwide.

Mobile Number Portability Requests

TRAI also found that the number of mobile number portability requests was up marginally at the end of December.

Over 109.37 million requests were submitted to various service providers at the of 2013.

In February, the TRAI had reported that 86.83 million requests had been made for the same.

Maximum number of these requests came in from Northern and Western India from Rajasthan and Gujarat. This was followed by Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in the Southern and Eastern zone.

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