I am sure India has already crossed the 500 million Telephone subscriber Mark. Why I say this?
According to data released by Telecom regulatory Authority of India – the total subscriber base by the end of August 2009 was 494.07 Million.
India has been adding more than 10 million subscriber monthly for nearly 2 years now – Do the maths – We are at the end of September. So, unless the mobile subscriber growth suddenly take a nosedive (very unlikely), India should have already crossed the 500 Million Telephone Subscriber Mark.
Coming back to the report released by TRAI for month ending August 2008 – Here are the highlights:
- Total Telephone subscriber base reaches 494.07 Million
- Wireless subscription reaches 456.74 Million
- Wireline subscription declines to 37.33 Million
- 15.08 Million new additions in wireless
- Wireline subscription declines by 0.09 Million
- Overall Tele-density reaches 42.27
- Broadband subscriber base is 6.98 million
The number of telephone subscribers in India increased to 494.07 Million at the end of August-09 from 479.07 Million in July-2009, thereby registering a growth rate of 3.13%.
With this, the overall Tele-density in India reaches 42.27%
Wireless subscriber base increased from 441.66 Million in July-2009 to 456.74 Million at the end of August-09 at a monthly growth rate of 3.42%. Wireless Tele-density stands at 39.08%
Wireline subscriber base declined from 37.41 Million in July-2009 to 37.33
Million at the end of August-09. BSNL/MTNL, the PSU operators own 85.80% of the Market share. While major Private Wireline service providers have increased their subscriber base, BSNL/MTNL lost 0.14 Million subscribers in the month of August-09. Wireline Tele-density is 3.19.
Total Broadband subscriber base has increased from 6.80 million in July-09 to 6.98 million in August-09, thereby showing a dismal growth rate of 2.65 %.
I really wonder when will the broadband growth replicate the mobile growth (even half it would do :))