TRAI has released the telecom subscription data as of 28th Feb 2015. Total wireless subscriber base increased from 952.34 million at the end of Jan-15 to 960.58 million at the end of Feb-15, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of 0.86%. The Wireless subscription in urban areas increased from 553.45 million at the end of Jan-15 to 557.27 million at the end of Feb-15 and wireless subscription in rural areas increased from 398.89 million to 403.31 million during the same period. The Wireless Tele-density in India increased from 76.02 at the end of Jan-15 to 76.60 at the end of Feb- 15. The Urban Wireless Tele-density increased from 142.96 to 143.71 and Rural Wireless Tele-density increased from 46.08 to 46.56 in the month of Feb-15. The shares of urban and rural wireless subscribers were 58.01% and 41.99% respectively at the end of Feb-15. As on 28th February, 2015, the private access service providers held 91.56% market share of the wireless subscribers whereas BSNL and MTNL, the two PSUs access service providers, held only 8.44% market share.
Wireline subscriber base declined from 26.87 million at the end of Jan-15 to 26.72 million at the end of Feb-15. Net reduction in the wireline subscriber base was 0.15 million at the monthly decline rate of 0.54%. The share of urban and rural subscribers in total wireline subscribers were 80.39% and 19.61% respectively at the end of Feb-15. The Overall Wireline Tele-density declined from 2.14 in Jan-15 to 2.13 in Feb-15, with Urban Wireline Tele-density and Rural Wireline Tele-density being 5.54 and 0.60 respectively. BSNL and MTNL, the two PSU access service providers, held 75.44% of the wireline market share.
As per the reports received from the service providers, the number of broadband subscribers increased from 94.49 Million at the end of Jan-15 to 97.37 million at the end of Feb-15 with monthly growth rate of 3.05%. Top five service providers constituted 83.53% market share of total broadband subscribers at the end of Feb-15. These service providers were Bharti Airtel (20.88 million), BSNL (20.67 million), Vodafone (17.93 million), Idea Cellular Ltd* (14.08 million) and Reliance Communications Group* (7.78 million). As on 28th February, 2015, the top five Wired Broadband Service providers were BSNL (9.98 million), Bharti Airtel (1.43 million), MTNL (1.14 million), Atria Convergence Technologies (0.65 million) and YOU Broadband (0.44 million). As on 28th February, 2015, the top five Wireless Broadband Service providers were Bharti Airtel (19.45 million), Vodafone (17.92 million), Idea Cellular (14.08 million), BSNL (10.69 million) and Reliance Communications Group (7.67 million).
As of 28th Feb 2015 approximately 88.69% of the total wireless subscriber base was active. In the month of Feb-15, a total of 3.47 million subscribers submitted their requests for MNP. With this, the cumulative MNP requests increased from 146.54 million at the end of Jan-15 to 150.01 million at the end of Feb-15.
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