India has 7,36,654 Mobile Towers and Only 96,112 BTS’s are 3G Enabled !

Most of mobile operators in India have reduced the prices of their 3G data tariffs in past few months, but in a bid to stimulate the market 3G services are struggling to gain traction in the world’s second-largest mobile market just due to no blanket coverage or non-availability of 3G signals at street level in all circles across India.

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According to the data provided by Minister of State for Communications and IT Milind Deora,  India has total 7,36,654 base transceiver stations (BTS -2G GSM and CDMA & 3G Mobile Towers) while out of  that only 96,212 BTSs have been installed to provide 3G mobile and data services in the country till the 30 November 2012.

Presently for 3G mobile and data services, Tamil Nadu circle has maximum of 9,350 BTSs, followed by Delhi and NCR with 8,405 BTSs, Maharashtra and Goa (exluding Mumbai) with 8,377 BTSs. Mumbai had 6,622 BTSs for 3G services as on November 30, 2012. Out of 640 districts of India, 610 districts are being covered by 3G services as on November 2012.

As per present 3G service rolls out norms, mobile operators that have won 3G spectrum in 2010, are required to provide street level coverage in at least 90% of service area in Metros within 5 years of the date (till 2015) they were allocated 3G spectrum.

For other than Metro circles, operators are required to cover 50 per cent of district headquarters (DHQs) which should be 90% of the area bounded by municipal or local body (Panchayat – Jila Parishad) limits till the year of 2015.

It seems that uptake of 3G services is also hampered by the fact that no 3G operator covering the entire country or not providing street leval indoor and outdoor 3G coverage in all circles across India.

Number of Mobile Towers (BTSes) for GSM and CDMA Mobile Services (2G and 3G) as on 30 November 2012.

Number of Mobile Tower BTS in India Circle wise details

This Article Was Written By: Sanjay Bafna

Sanjay Bafna - National Editor (Telecom and Mobile Phone)

Sanjay Bafna is an entrepreneur and National Editor at TelecomTALK covering Mobile Operators, 3G, Broadband, 4G, LTE, Telecom Policies & Regulations and Mobile Phones. He is well known Telecom and Mobile Analyst, Love Tea and Chocolates.

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  • rashid October 8, 2013 1:57 pm, 1:57 PM

    hi,
    where can i get the map of all bts installed in delhi

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  • shudhanshu deep June 13, 2013 1:47 am, 1:47 AM

    Sir I want to set up airtel 3g tower in my land plot which is in village.if you are interested then call on this no_8864005316

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  • Kunal March 14, 2013 11:25 am, 11:25 AM

    aircel 3g cheap rate but it not available every cities in west bengal, infact in Raichak, south 24 parganas, wb. there is no 3g network.

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  • Muthukumar_Trichy March 1, 2013 12:52 pm, 12:52 PM

    3G operators have to spend a lot upgrading bts to 3G, whereas the revenue generation is unpredictable. Despite the huge cost, our operators are putting 3g towers, we must encourage them by subscribing to 3G. 3G Licenses were issued for a hefty fee. Let other operators follow Aircel’s brilliant idea of Pocket Internet 3G for very affordable rates. In the long run, many customers will roll-in for 3G.

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  • Parth January 28, 2013 6:03 pm, 6:03 PM

    Sanjay, thanks for such a useful info, do you have any data which tells how many 2G , 3G and 4G BTS has been installed in 2012 only

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  • nitesh January 3, 2013 12:49 pm, 12:49 PM

    @Sanjay : thanks for sharing such informative data ..Do you by chance have operator wise circle wise BTS data as it will be an rocking info to have..keep posting such amazing powerful information..keep rocking & a very happy new year to you & your family!

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  • SDee December 23, 2012 1:52 am, 1:52 AM

    Cutting down 3G tariff to promote and increasing 2G data tariff decreasing 2G speed…!
    WoW what a deal….
    Why not TT make a post comparing 2G/3G data speed along with FUP among circles in india…

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  • hemant jain December 23, 2012 1:14 am, 1:14 AM

    Gprs plan in all companies is been increasing airtel 2g unlimited 149 nw become 197 in mp…

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  • firstonnet December 21, 2012 11:12 pm, 11:12 PM

    Truly very informative information for us. Thanks Sanjayji, Your all the post always useful for us for that thanks a lot. :D

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  • avis December 21, 2012 8:59 pm, 8:59 PM

    Still 3G not reached to Aam aadhmi . . .

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  • Adil December 21, 2012 1:39 pm, 1:39 PM

    I’m from Saharanpur(up west) and I’m on tata docomo 3g network the coverage of 3g indoor is very poor out of 4 bar I only get 1 bar and out door coverage is okay until in city but as we move out of Saharanpur network even move out (no network)…

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