NextBigWhat brings you curated insights and wisdom on product and growth from the wild web.

Over 2 million people receive our weekly curated insights.

Newsletter

Newsletter

Soon Mobile Internet in India Will Touch 150 mn Subscribers; The Market is BIG

Very soon the number of telecom subscribers in India who will access the Internet through mobile devices will reach 150 million. To add some more sense to the number, it’s nearly half the population of the United States!

According to a recent TRAI report, 143.20 million subscribers in India accessed internet through wireless phones in March 2013. That explains why companies like Facebook and Google are working hard on growing their numbers in this part of the world. Facebook recently announced that they will be making capital investments worth $1.6 billion in emerging markets like India and Brazil, due to an expanding user base in these markets. Google has been trying to get more and more Indians online.

Bharti Airtel and Vodafone, two of India’s largest telecom service providers reported 39.5 mn and 34.4 m subscribers using Internet through their cell phones, said the report. Booming Indian smartphone market and various promotional schemes are boosting mobile data usage in the country.

Trai Wireless InternetSince the quarter ending December 2012 the number of broadband subscribers in India increased from 14.98 million to 15.05 million, registering a Year-On-Year Growth of 8.98%, the ‘Indian Telecom Service Indicators’ released by TRAI for the the period ‘January-March 2013’ said.

The total number of telecom subscribers in India increased from 895.51 million in December 2012 to 898.02 million at the end of March 2013, registering a sequential growth of 0.28%. Inspite of this, the Year On Year (Y-O-Y) growth has shown a negative trend and stands at 5.61%.

Trai Wireless Snapshot

Here are some key insights from the report:

  • Subscription in urban areas decreased from 556.96 million in December 2012 to 548.80 million in March 2013, registering a decline urban teledensity which currently is at 146.96.

  • Subscription in rural areas increased from 338.54 million in December 2012 to 349.22 million in March 2013, registering an increase in rural teledensity which currently stands at 41.02.

Wireless Market Share

 

  • The wireless subscriber base got an addition of 3.08 million subscribers during the quarter, registering a sequential growth of 0.36%.

  • Internet subscribers increased from 21.57 million in December 2012 to 21.61 million in March 2013, registering a sequential growth of 0.16%.

Trai Broadband composition

 

  • The number of narrowband subscribers decreased from 6.59 million in December 2012 to 6.56 million in March 2013.

  • Monthly Average Revenue Per User(ARPU) for GSM service increased from Rs. 98 in December 2012 toRs. 105 in March 2013, registering a sequential growth of 6.99% and a yearly growth of 7.84%.

  • Monthly ARPU for CDMA increased from Rs. 80 in December 2012 to Rs.95 in March 2013, registering a sequential growth of 19.13% and a yearly growth of 26.51%.

Recommended Read: Airtel’s Data Subscribers Grow to a Quarter of Its 191 mn Mobile Subscribers

Reliance Takes The Lead in 3G Subscribers Over Airtel; Data Consumption Up 14% Sequentially

Why it Looks Like 3G is Taking Off in India

Add comment