The number of telecom subscriptions in India declined 4.5% sequentially in the three months between October – December 2012 to under 895.51 million. At the end of September 2012, India had 937.70 million telephone subscribers, according to latest data from the telecom regulator.
“The overall tel-density in India has declined from 77.04 as on 30th September, 2012 to 73.34 as on 31st December, 2012,” the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India said in its quarterly report.
Highlights of the report
- With a decline of 41.9 million subscribers during the quarter, total wireless (GSM+ CDMA) subscriber base registered a negative growth of 4.62% over the previous quarter and subscriber base declined from 906.62 million at the end of September 2012 to 864.72 million at the end of December 2012. Wireless subscribers declined 3.26% year on year.
- Wireline subscribers declined from 31.08 million in the previous quarter to 30.79 million at the end of December 2012.
- Internet subscribers increased from 24.01 million last quarter to 25.33 million at the end of December 2012, clocking a growth of 5.49%.
- Number of broadband subscribers increased from 14.68 million at the end of September 2012 to 14.98 million at the end of December 2012, growing 2.02% quarterly and 12.23% yearly.
- Share of broadband (>=256 kbps) decreased from 61.16% to 59.15%.
- Monthly Average Revenue Per User for GSM increased by 3.03% from Rs 95 in the previous quarter.
Read the full report here.