BSNL tops in growth rate in March 2016 beating private players

By June 1st, 2016 AT 6:46 PM

According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the market share of BSNL has increased to 8.35% in March 2016. The telecom operator has topped the list of all telecom service providers in the country including the private operators such as Airtel, Vodafone and Idea to gain a growth of 1.79% in March 2016. This is 2.5 times higher than the industry growth rate of 0.68%.


In March 2016, BSNL added more than 15.19 lakhs of new mobile customers. BSNL attributes the success to the launch of free All India Roaming Scheme. Commenting on the achievement, Director (CM) BSNL Board, Shri R.K.Mittal said, “We are thankful to our customers for reposing faith in us. We are committed to provide the best services to our customers.”

Among BSNL circles, UP East circle added 2,12,373 wireless subscribers, followed by Bihar with 1,90,206 subscribers, Rajasthan with 1,48,844 subscribers, Kerala with 1,33,859, and Maharashtra with 1,29,682. Karnataka showed a decline of 17,205 subscribers in March 2016.

The TRAi report further stated that the total number of broadband subscribers in India, increased from 144.87 million at the end of February 2016 to 149.75 million at the end of March 2016 with monthly growth rate of 3.37%.

In case of Mobile Number Portability (MNP), in the month of March 2016, a total of 4.40 million subscribers submitted their requests for MNP. With this, the MNP requests increased from 204.73 million at the end of February 2016 to 209.13 million at the end of March 2016.

BSNL still holds the No.1 position in landline segment with 58.52% market share. Among the private players, Airtel holds the No.1 position in Broadband segment (Wired + Wireless) position with 25.69% market share and Vodafone at second position with 18.54% market share as on 31st March 2016.

The total number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 1051.88 million at the end of February 2016 to 1058.86 million at the end of March 2016, thereby showing a monthly growth rate of 0.66%.

Total wireless subscriber base increased from 1026.66 million at the end of February 2016 to 1033.63 million at the end of March 2016, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of 0.68%.

As on 31st March 2016, the private service providers hold 91.30% market share of the wireless subscribers, whereas the state-run operators BSNL and MTNL hold 8.70% market share.

Top Five service providers constituted 83.52% market share of total broadband subscribers at the end of March 2016. These service providers were Bharti Airtel (38.47 million), Vodafone (27.76 million), Idea Cellular Ltd (22.92 million), BSNL (20.35 million) and Reliance Communications Group (15.57 million).

In Wired Broadband segment, BSNL holds the No.1 position with 9.94 million customers, followed by Bharati Airtel with 1.74 million customers.

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I recently visited Connaught Place in New Delhi, and I must admit that being a BSNL in-roamer in MTNL Delhi has never been as pleasant an experience as nowadays. Till late 2014 there were places in Connaught Place where as soon as you entered the shop or restaurants premises the signals dropped and were unavailable anywhere indoors. The signals at these places as time has gone by since 2014 have improved signal and just the other day when I visited this locale I had a consistent three bar out of five 3G signal with speeds ranging consistently between 1.77 Mbps… Read more »


For people who are continuously denying the fact that BSNL is making profit, because the Sentence says’Operational Profit’
Do you really know the meaning of Operational profit, and how is it different from actual profit.

And when you are on it then google the term Depreciation. May be then you will realise that BSNL is actually growing, which seems to be not easily digested by a lot of people here.

If a Government entity is growing just try and accept it. There is no need to curse the Government for everything

Abishek Naagendra
Abishek Naagendra

The outer me is happy that BSNL is making profits! But, the inner me is concerned that BSNL’s QoS is detiorating in my place. No indoor 3G coverage, poor broadband speeds. But some local providers and ACT offers great speeds @dirt cheap prices. Then who’ll go for shitty BSNL? BSNL is good only for villages.


Do you even know what an average end user in suffering with the Broadband plans bsnl provides? Its ridiculous, They are completly ripping us apart. All false claims. they said they will be increasing broadband speed for those who have 512 Kb to 1Mbps and they did but 1Mb upgradation is only upto 1 Gb after that 512 Kbps again. Dont even get me started on their services and customer support. Its total Nightmare. Whats the point in making profits and showing us big numbers when people are still struggling with their basic connection. Its easy to type long post… Read more »

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