India has 892 mn Telephone Connections, 15 mn Broadband Subscribers [TRAI Data]

At the end of February, India had 892 million telephone connections, according to a new report. The number of telephone subscribers decreased marginally in the month of February, the latest report by telecom regulatory authority of India said.

More than  87% of the Indian wireless market share is held by private telecom operators, but when it comes to the wireline market the two PSU operators, BSNL and MTNL, hold 79.20% of the market share.

Here are some key findings from the report.

Overall subscriber outlook

Trai February Data 1

At the end of February 2013 the number of telephone subscribers in India stand at 892.02 million.

The current subscription trend is showing a decrease, with a monthly growth rate of -0.13%.

The share of urban subscribers has shown a decreasing trend and is currently at 61.08% and rural subscribers showed an increasing trend and is currently at 39.92%.

The NCR region currently has the highest teledensity with 221.45 million subscribers and Bihar the lowest with 46.09 million subscribers.

The overall tele-density in India has been showing a negative trend since July 2102 and currently stands at 72.90%. This is mainly dues to disconnection of inactive mobile subscribers by the telecom service providers.

Wireless segment outlook

Wireless subscriber base is showing a negative trend and currently stands at 861.62 million.

Private operators hold 87.73% of the wireless market share. Telecom operator Bharti leads the pack with a market share of 21.66%.

The share of urban subscriber base is showing a decrease and currently is at 60.50% whereas the rural subscriber base is showing an increase and is currently at 39.50%.

The urban wireless teledensity stands at 139.83 million and the rural wireless teledensity at 40.01 million.

Wireline segment outlook

Wireline segment is also showing a negative trend and currently stands at 30.36 million subscribers.

The urban subscriber base is showing an upward trend and currently stands at 77.65% and the rural subscriber base is at 22.35%, showing a negative trend.

The two PSU operators, BSNL and MTNL hold 79.20% of the wire-line market share.

Mobile number portability outlook

As of February 2013, 86.83 million subscribers have placed request for porting their mobile numbers to different service providers.

In Zone-I (Northern and Western India) the maximum number of request have been received in Rajasthan i.e 8.25 million.

In Zone-II (Southern and Eastern India) the maximum number of requests have been place in Karnataka i.e 10.45 million.

Broadband (? 256 Kbps download) outlook

The broadband subscriber base is showing a negative trend and currently stands at 15.00 million.

This same subscriber base has shown a yearly positive trend of 10.76% since February 2012.

Currently there are 160 ISPs providing broadband service in the country.

PSU operator leads the broadband market share with 66.0% followed by private operator Bharti with 9.3%.

You can view the full report here.

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