The mobile subscriber base in India has shown upward trend after several months. It increased from 861.66 million in February 2013 to 867.80 million at the end of March 2013, registering a monthly growth of 0.71%, according data released by TRAI.
The share of urban mobile subscribers has increased from 60.50% to 60.53% where as share of rural wireless subscribers has decreased from 39.50% to 39.47%. The overall wireless Teledensity in India has reached 70.85.
Mobile subscription in urban areas increased from 521.29 million in February 2013 to 525.30 million at the end of March 2013. The wireless subscription in rural areas increased from 340.38 million to 342.50 million during the same period. The urban wireless Teledensity has increased from 139.83 to 140.67 and rural Teledensity has increased from 40.01 to 40.23.
The number of telephone subscribers in India increased to 898.02 million at the end of March, 2013 from 892.02 million at the end of February 2013, thereby showing a monthly growth rate of 0.67%. The share of urban subscribers has increased to 61.11% from 61.08% whereas share of rural subscribers has decreased from 38.92% to 38.89% in the month of March 2013. With this, the overall Teledensity in India increased to 73.32 at the end of March, 2013 from 72.90 of the previous month.
Subscription in the urban areas increased from 544.86 million in February, 2013 to 548.80 million at the end of March, 2013. Subscription in rural areas increased from 347.16 million to 349.22 million during the same period. The monthly growth rate of urban and rural subscription is 3.94% and 2.06% respectively. The overall urban Teledensity has increased from 146.15 to 146.96 and Rural Teledensity increased from 40.81 to 41.02.
Trai said the overall teledensity in the country increased to 73.32 at the end of March 2013 from 72.90 in the previous month. Reliance Communications added the maximum of 30.26 lakh subscribers in the month to take its user base to 12.29 crore at the end of March 2013.
It is followed by Vodafone, which added 24.66 lakh users to take its base to 15.23 crore. Idea Cellular added 23.17 lakh new subscribers , while market leader Bharti Airtel added 15.73 lakh users in March. State-run BSNL added 5.36 lakh new subscribers while MTNL lost 86,833 users during the same period.
As per the data reported by the service providers, by the end of March 2013 about 89.70 million subscribers have submitted their requests to different service providers for porting their mobile number. In MNP Zone-I (Northern & Western India) maximum number of requests have been received in Rajasthan(8.55 million) followed by Gujarat (7.71 million) whereas in MNP Zone-II (Southern & Eastern) maximum number of requests have been received in Karnataka (10.72 million) followed by Andhra Pradesh Service area (8.12million). In the month of March 2013, total number of subscribers who have submitted their request for MNP is 2.87 million
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