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TRAI releases subscriber data for November, 2011; overall user base increases to 917.33 million
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released subscriber data as on November 30, 2011.
As per the data, the number of telephone subscribers in India increased to 917.33 million at the end of November, 2011, from 914.59 million at the end of October 2011, thereby registering a growth of 0.30 per cent.
Of this, the share of urban subscribers has marginally declined from 66.23 per cent to 66.11 per cent, whereas the share of rural subscribers has marginally increased from 33.77 per cent to 33.89 per cent in November, 2011.
With this, the overall teledensity reaches 76.18 per cent at the end of November, 2011 from 76.03 per cent in the previous month.
Meanwhile, subscription in urban areas grew from 605.78 million in October, 2011 to 606.47 million at the end of November, 2011. Subscription in rural areas increased from 308.81 million to 310.86 million during the same period.
The rate of growth in urban and rural areas stands at 0.11 per cent and 0.66 per cent respectively.
Overall urban teledensity has marginally decreased from 166.93 per cent to 166.84 per cent, while rural teledensity increased from 36.76 per cent to 36.98 per cent.
The total wireless subscriber base increased from 881.40 million in October 2011 to 884.37 million at the end of November 2011, registering a growth of 0.34 per cent.
Although the gross addition in the number of wireless subscribers in November, 2011 was 8.19 million, the net additions stand at 2.97 million, primarily owing to the disconnection of 5.22 million users from the existing wireless subscribers.
The share of urban subscribers has marginally decreased from 65.86 per cent to 65.73 per cent, while the share of rural subscribers has marginally increased from 34.14 per cent to 34.27 per cent.
The overall wireless teledensity touched 73.44 per cent. The number of wireless subscribers in the urban areas increased from 580.49 million in October 2011 to 581.33 million at the end of November 2011.
Similarly, the rural wireless subscriber base increased from 300.91 million to 303.04 million during the same period. This data highlights a higher growth rate in rural areas (0.71 per cent), compared to urban areas (0.14 per cent).
Net, net, in the wireless space, urban teledensity has marginally decreased from 159.96 per cent to 159.92 per cent and rural teledensity has increased from 35.82 per cent to 36.05 per cent.
In the wireless space, private operators hold 88.51 per cent market share, while Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) hold 11.49 per cent market share. The pecking order in November 2011 was Bharti Airtel (19.75 per cent), Reliance (16.86 per cent), Vodafone Essar (16.60 per cent), Idea Cellular (11.76 per cent), BSNL (10.86 per cent), Tata Teleservices Limited (9.43 per cent), Aircel (6.89 per cent), Uninor (3.87 per cent), Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited (1.64 per cent), MTNL (0.64 per cent), Videocon (0.62 per cent), S Tel (0.40 per cent), Loop (0.36 per cent), Etisalat (0.18 per cent) and HFCL (0.13 per cent).
With regard to visitor location register (VLR) data, of the total 884.37 million subscriber base, 635.39 million were active on the date of peak VLR for the month of November 2011.
The total active VLR number excludes the CDMA VLR figure of BSNL, as the service provider has not provided the VLR figures of their total CDMA subscriber base of 4.48 million. The proportion of VLR subscribers is approximately 71.85 per cent of the total wireless subscribers base reported by the service providers.
Circle-wise, Jammu and Kashmir has the highest proportion of VLR subscribers with 81.63 per cent, followed by Assam (77.91 per cent) and Madhya Pradesh (77.46 per cent).
Mumbai has the lowest proportion with 60.17 per cent. Operator-wise, Idea leads, with 92.26 per cent, followed by Bharti Airtel (89.86 per cent).
As per the data reported by the service providers, by the end of November 2011, about 25.83 million subscribers had submitted their requests to different service providers for porting their mobile number.
The wireline user base declined from 33.19 million at the end of October 2011 to 32.96 million at the end of November 2011.
The share of urban subscriber has marginally increased from 76.18 per cent to 76.27 per cent, while the share of rural subscribers has marginally declined from 23.82 per cent to 23.73 per cent.
The overall wireline teledensity marginally declined to 2.74 per cent, with urban and rural teledensity at 6.92 per cent and 0.93 per cent respectively.
Market share-wise, BSNL and MTNL hold 81.18 per cent of the wireline segment. The pecking order in this segment is BSNL (70.72 per cent), MTNL (10.46 per cent), Bharti Airtel (10.05 per cent), Tata Teleservices Limited (4.19 per cent), Reliance (3.83 per cent), HFCL (0.60 per cent) and SSTL (0.14 per cent).
Meanwhile, the broadband segment saw a minimal increase in this period. The total broadband subscriber base increased from 12.98 million at the end of October 2011 to 13.13 million at the end of November 2011, thereby registering a monthly growth of 1.21 per cent.
Yearly growth in this segment stands at 22.58 per cent (November, 2010 to November, 2011).
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