TRAI has recently released its report highlighting the Telecom subscription data as on 31st Jan, 2016. According to the report, the number of active wireless subscribers stood at 917.63 million, while wireline subscribers dropped from 25.52 million to 25.32 million, recording a net reduction of 0.20 million with a monthly decline rate of 0.78 per cent.
As per the report, the number of broadband subscribers increased from 136.53 million at the end of December ’15 to 140.10 million at the end of Jan ’16. The monthly growth was recorded at 2.62 per cent. The wired subscriber segment grew by 0.71 per cent; it grew to 16.63 million subscribers in Jan ’16 from 16.51 million.
Mobile devices have grown exponentially in India, especially smart phones. According to an ASSOCHAM report smart phones in India are set to shoot up to 160 million in FY ’17 from 100 million on the back of affordable phones. Smartphone sales almost more than doubled from 44 million units in 2013 to 100 million units in 2016. The TRAI further indicates that the mobile broadband users (Phones & dongles) grew by 2.89 per cent in January and stood at 122.98 million subscribers, higher from 119.53 subscribers in December ’15.
The fixed wireless subscribers segment that includes (Wi-Fi, Wi-Max, Point to Point Radio, & VSAT) also saw a growth of 1.19 per cent. The total subscribers from the three segments-- wired subscribers, mobile device users & fixed wireless subscribers, stands at 140.10 million users in Jan ‘16 as compared to 136.53 million users as in Dec ‘15
The top five service providers constituted 83.25 per cent market share of the total broadband subscribers at the end of Jan’16. The top 5 providers listed were Bharti Airtel (32.70 million), Vodafone (26.24 million), Idea Cellular (22.04 million), BSNL (20.16 million) and Reliance Communications (15.49 million).
According to the report, the top five wired broadband service providers were BSNL (9.90Million), Bharti Airtel (1.68 million), MTNL (1.12 million), Atria Convergence Technologies (0.89 million) and YOUBroadband (0.51 million). While the top five Wireless Broadband Service providers were Bharti Airtel (31.02 million), Vodafone (26.23 million), Idea Cellular (22.04 million), Reliance Communications Group (15.37million) and BSNL (10.26 million).
The growth in broadband users is a healthy sign for e-commerce players, content creators, app creators and others who are majorly reliant on internet services for their consumption.