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.
Since 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%.
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.
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%.
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%.