Telecom Data : 65.33 million Broadband Subscribers; TRAI Redefines Broadband

TRAI has released telecom subscription data (as of May 31st, 2014) and here are key highlights:


–  The number of broadband subscribers increased from 61.74 Million at the end of Apr-14 to 65.33 million at the end of May-14 with monthly growth rate of 5.82% (with 50.38% being wireless and 14.95 is wireline broadband).

Broadband market share in India
Broadband market share in India

– Total wireless subscriber base  increased from 907.44 million at the  end of April, 2014 to 910.16 million at the end of May, 2014, registering a monthly growth of 0.30%.

– 901 million overall wireless subscribers (monthly growth of 0.3%)., out of which Urban subscribers stand at 533.94 million and rural at 376.22 million.

– Active wireless subscribers on the date of Peak VLR in May, 2014 are 790.52 million, 86.86% of the total subscribers.

– Overall, India has a teledensity of 75.51%.

Market Share

– Private operators hold 89.56% of the wireless subscriber market share where as BSNL and MTNL, the two PSU operators hold only 10.44% market share.

– Top five broadband service providers constitute 84.35% market share of total broadband subscribers at the end of May-14. They are BSNL (17.70 million), Bharti (13.84 million), Vodafone (8.23 million), Idea (8.19 million) and Reliance Communications Group (7.15 million).

Operator Market Share (Wireless Subs)
Operator Market Share (Wireless Subs)

– Top five Wireless Broadband Service providers are Bharti (12.43 million), Vodafone (8.23 million), Idea (8.19 million), BSNL (7.72 million) and Reliance Communications Group (7.04 Million).

Redefining Broadband

TRAI has redefined the broadband speed in India to be minimum 512 kbps (from 256 kbps earlier). The new definition of broadband is

“a data connection that is able to support interactive services including internet access and has the capability of minimum download speed of 512kbps to an individual subscriber from the point of presence (POP) of the service provider intending to provide broadband service”.

– Download the report from here.

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