16.92 Million new Mobile Subscribers added in July – Tele-density reaches 58.17 percent


India’s Mobile subscriber growth does not stop for anything or anyone – It is kind of become mundane to report such impressive numbers month after month. I have been reporting TRAI number for nearly 2 years now, and except for probably couple of months, the growth numbers have never been less than 10 million a month.

Now coming back to July numbers released today by TRAI – Wireless growth numbers are impressive as ever, while wireline and broadband numbers are equally dismal.

Telecom Subscription Data as on 31st July 2010

  • Total Telephone subscriber base reaches 688.38 Million
    • Wireless subscription reaches 652.42 Million
    • Wireline subscription declines to 35.96
  • 16.92 Million new additions in wireless
  • Overall Tele-density reaches 58.17
  • Broadband subscription is 9.77 million

Total Mobile Subscribers in India have now reached 652.42 million as compared to 635.51 in June 2010 registering a growth rate of 2.66 percent.

The numbers for Wireline subscribers continued to decrease with 35.96 Million at the end of July 2010 as compared to 36.18 Million in June 2010.

Total Broadband subscribers in India have now reached 9.77 million as compared to 9.45 million in June 2010, a growth of 3.39 percent over previous Month.

Telecom Operator wise Mobile Subscriber Additions


Bharti grew the most with mobile subscriber additions of 15.37 percent, followed by Reliance (14.84 percent) and Vodafone (14.21 percent). First half of this year had seen Tata growing strongly, thanks to innovative pricing plans of Tata Docomo and aggressive advertising campaigns. However, their growth seems to have slowed down a bit who grew 4th fastest with 13.69 percent followed by Idea at 11.01%.

Telecom Operator Market Share


Last 3 months has seen Bharti increasing its gap at the top, who are now clear 4 percent ahead of Reliance and Vodafone, both of whom have been running neck to neck.

  1. […] the biggies knew, these Indian brands cornered major chunk of a fast growing Indian Mobile market. In last couple years alone we have over 15 new Indian mobile brands that have been launched. […]

  2. Vinod says


    Sagar’s question on multiple SIM data, prompts me to question the addition of 16.92 million additional subscribers. Are multi SIM holders being tracked? Is teledensity calculated after excluding the same?
    And what is the growth opportunity considering the plethora of dual SIM handsets in the market?

    1. Arun Prabhudesai says


      The subscriber base INCLUDES multiple sim as well…i.e: if a user has 2 numbers that means it is counted as 2 subscribers…and thats the reason why some of the metros have more than 100% tele-density !!

  3. Sourabh Shah says

    Thats Great news for telecom Sector but still any chance to change in growth rate due 3g implementation in India and is it same scenario after five years down the line please let me know if anybody have a idea on it where this sector move after five or ten years.

  4. Vikram says

    will be interesting to know the promotional schemes of these companies during that period which could make people keep on adding SIMs and changing numbers

  5. Sagar Bedmutha says

    Agree. Also, any data on what is the break up of people having single SIM Vs people with multiple SIM? Will be interesting to know.

  6. Sagar Bedmutha says

    Surprised to see Bharti get 15% increase. They did not any big campaign or advertising, still got highest growth. Anybody, any clues?

    1. Arun Prabhudesai says

      This is my guess, but not sure abt it..
      It must be to do with the footprint they have pan-India…They have bigger network and reach as compared to Reliance, Vodafone and Idea..

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.

who's online