The total telecom subscriber base (including fixed and mobile services) of India has moved up 39%, to touch 81.31 million in the quarter ending June 2004, as against 58.7 million during the corresponding period last year.
The base increased by 6.25%, to touch 81.31 million during the quarter ending June 2004 from 76.73 million in the quarter ending March 2004, according to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai). Trai launched its quarterly performance indicators of telecom services for the quarter ending June 2004.
The fixed line subscriber (including WLL-F) was up by 5.15% (to 43.51 million from 41.38 million on annual basis) while the mobile subscriber base (GSM and CDMA) was up by 118.24% to 37.8 million in quarter ending June 2004 from 17.32 million in the same quarter previous fiscal.
The subscribers of fixed service (fixed line and WLL-F) increased by 1.56% to 43.51 million in the quarter ending June 2004 from 42.84 million in quarter ending March 2004.
Mobile services (GSM+CDMA) was up by 12.20% to 37.8 million in the quarter ending June 2004 from 33.69 million the quarter ending March 2004.
The ratio of mobile subscribers to fixed subscribers is pegged at 87%.
“If this trend continues during the current year, the country will have more mobile users than fixed line subscribers during 2004 itself,” the Trai report pointed out.
Meanwhile, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) also released its latest GSM subscribers figures noting a 10% increase in GSM subscribers to 33.56 million by the September-end over August 2004. Bharti topped in terms of GSM subcribers with 25.93% market share followed by BSNL (22.43%) and Hutch (18.99%).
The wireless-based access (mobile and WLL-F) is increasing and in terms of base it almost equals the wireline subscribers’ base.
The number of village telephony services or VPTs added during the quarter was 6,956 making cumulative total of 5,29,263 VPTs in the country, thus covering more than 86% of the total number of villages.
The number of PCOs (public call offices) in the country increased to 20,67,287 registering a growth of about 7.4% during the quarter. The subscriber base of internet has shown an increase of around 8%, during the quarter.
The numbers of internet subscribers have increased from 4.55 million to 4.93 million in June 2004. The annual growth of the internet services segment over quarter ending June 2003 is around 30%.
During the quarter ending June 2004, internet telephony recorded a usage of 22.04 million minutes. Average minutes of use per month per Internet subscriber was 400 minutes and the ARPU/month for Internet service was Rs 250.