Broadband in India Grows at Snails Pace; Idea Beats Reliance to Become 3rd Largest Mobile Operator

The number of broadband subscribers in India grew merely 1.9% over the last year, even as the government’s talks about connecting thousands of villages have grown louder.

Number of broadband subscribers has increased .52% month on month, from 15.28 million at the end of August 2013 to 15.36 million at the end of September 2013, said the latest report by telecom regulator Trai.

Between September this year and last year, broadband subscribers grew 1.9%.

Internet adoption in India is among the lowest in the Asia pacific region. However, average Internet speed has seen some improvement over the last few months.

India has 158 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) providing broadband services in the country. State owned BSNL followed by telecom operator Bharati Airtel and MTNL have the highest number of broadband customers. Broadband Market Share in India September 2013

Idea Beats Reliance to Become 3rd Largest Mobile Operator

The report also said that telecom operator Idea has become the third largest mobile service provider in the country by number of subscribers, as Reliance Communications saw a drop in subscribers. Reliance Communications saw a drop of over 10 million subscribers while Idea added 1.2 million subscribers in the month of September.Mobile Service Providers Marketshare September 2013

According to the TRAI report, total wireless subscriber base in India saw a marginal decline (.7%) to 870.58 mn for the month.

Full report here (pdf).

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