The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 926.53 million at the end of Dec-11 to 951.34 million at the end of Mar-12, registering a growth of 2.68% over the previous quarter as against 2.16% during the QE Dec-11, according to Trai’s Indian Telecom Services Performance Indicator report.
This reflects year-on-year (Y-O-Y) growth of 12.41% over the same quarter of last year. The overall Teledensity in India has reached 78.66 as on 31st March, 2012.
With 25.33 million net additions during the quarter, total mobile (GSM + CDMA) subscriber base registered a growth of 2.83% over the previous quarter and increased from 893.84 million at the end of Dec-11 to 919.17 million at the end of Mar-12. The year-on-year (Y-O-Y) growth rate of Wireless subscribers for Mar-12 is 13.26%. Wireless Teledensity increased from 74.15 at the end of Dec-11 to 76.00 at the end of Mar-12.
Wireline subscriber base further declined from 32.69 million at the end of Dec-11 to 32.17 million at the end of Mar-12, bringing down the wireline Teledensity from 2.71 at the end of Dec-11 to 2.66 at the end of Mar-12.
Internet subscribers increased from 22.39 million at the end of Dec-11 to 22.86 million at the end of Mar-12, registering a quarterly growth rate of 2.10%. Top 10 ISPs together hold 94.94% of the total Internet subscriber base.
Number of Broadband subscribers increased from 13.35 million at the end of Dec-11 to 13.81 million at the end of Mar-12, registering a quarterly growth of 3.44% and Y-O-Y growth of 16.18%.
8. Share of Broadband subscription in total Internet subscription decreased from 59.6% at the end of Dec-11 to 60.4% at the end of Mar-12. 85% of the Broadband subscribers are using Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) technology.
Monthly Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) for GSM service increased by 1.66%, from `96 in QE Dec-11 to `97 in QE Mar-12, with Y-O-Y decrease of 2.71%. 10. MOU per subscriber per month for GSM service slightly increased by 4.10%, from 332 in QE Dec-11 to 346 in QE Mar-12. The Outgoing MOUs (167) increased by 3.98% and Incoming MOUs (179) by 4.20%.
Monthly ARPU for CDMA, full mobility service increased by 2.49%, from `73 in QE Dec-11 to `75 in QE Mar-12. ARPU for CDMA has increased by 14.54% on Y-O-Y basis.