Telcos added 12 million subscribers in June

Indian Telecom Industry – Subscription numbers from Telcos (June 2009).

TRAI has released June 2009 data and here are some of the relevant statistics :

  • Wireless subscription reaches 427.28 Million (12.03 Million new additions in wireless)
  • Total Telephone subscriber base stands at 464.82 Million
  • Wireline subscription declines to 37.54 Million
  • Overall Tele-density reaches 39.86
  • Broadband subscription has reached 6.62 million, increase of 3.4% since May 2009.

The number of telephone subscribers in India increased to 464.82 Million at the end of June-09 from a level of  452.91 Million in May-09, thereby registering a growth rate of 2.63%. With this, the overall Tele-density in India reaches 39.86.

Wireless subscriber base increased from 415.25 Million in May-09 to 427.28 Million at the end of June-09 at a monthly growth rate of 2.9%.


While these numbers sound fancy, it’s a well known fact that telcos do inflate numbers in order to gain additional spectrum (and DoT is now planning to put up a mechanism to monitor the subscriber numbers of telecom operators).

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