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HomeArticlesRegulationsBroadband subscriber base registers 8.17% monthly growth rate
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 13:14

Broadband subscriber base registers 8.17% monthly growth rate

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As per TRAI's quaterly report released In Feb 2017, the number of broadband subscribers increased from 218.27 million at the end of Nov-16 to 236.09 million at the end of Dec-16 with a monthly growth rate of 8.17%.Top five service providers constituted 83.93% market share of the total broadband subscribers at the end of Dec-16. These service providers were Reliance Jio Infocom Ltd (72.16 million), Bharti Airtel (43.56 million), Vodafone (35.02 million), Idea Cellular (27.04 million) and BSNL (20.36 million).

As on 31st December, 2016, the top five Wired Broadband Service providers were BSNL (9.95 million), Bharti Airtel (2.04 million), Atria Convergence Technologies (1.12 million), MTNL (1.04 million) and YOU Broadband (0.60 million), while for the same period, the top five Wireless Broadband Service providers were Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (72.16 million), Bharti Airtel (41.53 million), Vodafone (35.01 million), Idea Cellular (27.04 million) and Reliance Communications (16.08 million).

 

Wireless Subscribers (GSM, CDMA & LTE)  

Total wireless subscriber base increased from 1,099.51 million at the end of Nov-16 to 1,127.37 million at the end of Dec-16, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of 2.53%. The Wireless subscription in urban areas increased from 638.46 million at the end of Nov-16 to 662.60 million at the end of Dec-16, and wireless subscription in rural areas also increased from 461.05 million to 464.78 million during the same period. The monthly growth rates of urban and rural wireless subscription were 3.78% and 0.81% respectively. 

The Wireless Tele-density in India increased from 85.90 at the end of Nov-16 to 88.00 at the end of Dec-16. The Urban Wireless Tele-density increased from 159.27 at the end of Nov-16 to 165.04 at the end of Dec-16, and Rural Wireless Tele-density also increased from 52.45 to 52.84 during the same period. The share of urban and rural wireless subscribers in total number of wireless subscribers was 58.77% and 41.23% respectively at the end of Dec-16.

As on 31st December, 2016, the private access service providers held 91.09% market share of the wireless subscribers whereas BSNL and MTNL, the two PSU access service providers, had a market share of only 8.91%.

 

Declining wireline subscriber base

Wireline subscriber base declined from 24.44 million at the end of Nov-16 to 24.40 million at the end of Dec-16. Net decline in the wireline subscriber base was 0.04 million with a monthly decline rate of 0.16%. The share of urban and rural subscribers in total wireline subscribers were 84.19% and 15.81% respectively at the end of Dec-16. The Overall Wireline Tele-density declined from 1.91 at the end of Nov-16 to 1.90 at the end of Dec-16. Urban and Rural Wireline Tele-density were 5.12 and 0.44 respectively during the same period. BSNL and MTNL, the two PSU access service providers, held 70.54% of the wireline market share.

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