TRAI has been quite lazy in releasing their Telecom subscriber numbers lately. They have always been releasing previous month numbers within 30 days, but off-late it is delayed by more than couple of months. I think one of the reason being that data is being scrutinized more than previously.
The End of September data released by TRAI shows that Indian Telecom Subscriber base stands at 723 Million, which takes the overall tele-density at 60.99 percent, while wireless teledensity 57.99 percent.
Telecom Subscriber Details as of September 30st 2010
- Total Telephone subscriber base reaches 723.28 Million
- Wireless subscription reaches 687.71 Million
- Active wireless subscribers in VLR 482.89 Million
- Wireline subscription declines to 35.57
- 17.10 Million new additions in wireless
- Overall Tele+density reaches 60.99
- Broadband subscription is 10.29 million
From this month onwards, TRAI seems to have changed the way they present the Telecom subscriber numbers. They now report VLR (Visitor Location Register) and HLR (Home Location Register). This has probably been done to get a better feel about how many number are actually active and are being used. VLR is basically a temporary database of the subscribers who have roamed into the particular area which it serves.
Operator wise Telecom Subscriber Base as of September 2010
Operator wise wireless Subscriber Addition
There is quite a big surprise on the wireless subscriber addition. The regulars like Bharti and Reliance are not the once who have added the most, but it the state owned BSNL which has dominated subscriber additions. I am not sure why this has happened, but can MNP be the reason ? Are we seeing initial signs of subscriber churn? But it is quite difficult for me to fathom that consumers have moved from private operators to BSNL!
Even Unitech has sprang up a surprise coming in behind BSNL adding about 12.71 percent of all the wireless subscribers added in month of September.
Broadband Subscriber numbers
As usual there is nothing much to write about – the snail paced growth of broadband continues with only 0.21 million subscriber additions. The overall Broadband subscriber base has reached 10.29 million