Telecom Roundup: 17.9 Million Subscribers Added in June

India’s mobile story is on a subscription spree and as per the latest numbers from TRAI, Indian telecom operators added 17.9 million subscribers in the month of June, 2010.

The number of telephone subscribers in India increased to 671.69 Million at the end of June-2010 from 653.92 Million in May-2010, thereby registering a growth rate of 2.72%. With this, the overall Tele-density in India reaches 56.83. The sad state of broadband penetration continues with a minimal gain of 2.27%.

Key Numbers

  • Total Telephone subscriber base reaches 671.69 Million
  • Wireless subscription reaches 635.51 Million
  • Wireline subscription declines to 36.18
  • 17.98 Million new additions in wireless
  • Overall Tele-density reaches 56.83
  • Broadband subscription is 9.45 million (growth of 2.27%).

Market Share of Indian Telecom Operators

Airtel still rules, followed by Reliance and Vodafone.

Market_Share_Indian_Telecom

Download the report from here (pdf).

Special purpose vehicle for Broadband Push

The government is planning to put up a SPV to roll out 5 lakh route km of optical fibre network to connect all gram panchayats in the country.

Central Public Sector Undertakings, which already own optical fibre cable, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, RailTel and PowerGrid Corporation India Ltd will be part of this SPV. National Informatics Centre and Centre for Development of Telematics will also be part of this project and will be responsible for developing hardware, applications and other software required for service delivery. [source]

Vodafone – Bharti

Vodafone may sell its minority stake (4.39%) in Bharti Airtel, as part of a plan to get out of the group’s smaller investments in various companies across the world. At current prices, the stake is valued at Rs 5,200 crore.[source]

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