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Wireless subscription reaches 447.8 million in rural areas: TRAI

22-June-2016
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Wireless subscription reaches 447.8 million in rural areas: TRAI

TRAI recently released the Telecom Subscription Data for April16’. As per the data, the total wireless subscriber base increased from 1,033.63 million at the end of Mar-16 to 1,034.25 million at the end of Apr-16, growing at a rate of 0.06 per cent monthly.

On the contrary the wireless subscription in urban areas declined from 588.79 million at the end of March – 16 to 586.41 million at the end of Apr-16, whereas wireless subscription in rural areas increased from 444.84 million to 447.84 million during the same period. The monthly growth rates of urban and rural wireless subscription were -0.40% and 0.67% respectively.

Private access service providers enjoyed a strong hold in the market with 91.20 per cent of the total market share, whereas BSNL and MTNL had a market share of only 8.80 per cent.

Out of the total wireless subscriber base (1,034.25 million), 934.08 million wireless subscribers were active on the date of peak VLR in the month of Apr-16. The proportion of active wireless subscribers was approximately 90.31% of the total wireless subscriber base.

As per the reports received from the service providers, the number of broadband subscribers increased from 149.75 million at the end of Mar- 16 to 151.09 million at the end of Apr-16 with a monthly growth rate of 0.89%.

Wired broadband subscribers saw a rise of 0.39 per cent as compared to March 16’, mobile device broadband users saw a rise of 0.94 per cent, while fixed wireless subscribers saw a rise 4.01 per cent for the same period.

The top 5 service providers constituted for 83.86 per cent of the market share with Airtel leading the pack (39.13 million) followed by Vodafone (28.11 million), Idea Cellular (23.23 million), BSNL (20.48 million) and Reliance Communications Group (15.74 million).

As on 30th April, 2016, the top five Wired Broadband Service providers were BSNL (9.91 million), Bharti Airtel (1.76 million), MTNL (1.10 million), Atria Convergence Technologies (0.96 million) and YOU Broadband (0.54 million).

As on 30th April, 2016, the top five Wireless Broadband Service providers were Bharti Airtel (37.37 million), Vodafone (28.11 million), Idea Cellular (23.23 million), Reliance Communications Group (15.61 million) and BSNL (10.58 million)

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Prior to joining Madison PR in 2012 Chaudhary was Group President Corporate Communications at Reliance Industries Limited.