The mobile subscriber base in India has increased from 911.17 Million in February 2012 to 919.17 Million at the end of March 2012, registering a growth of 0.88%. The number of telephone subscribers in India increased to 951.34 Million at the end of March, 2012 from 943.49 Million at the end of February 2012, registering a growth rate of 0.83%. The share of Urban subscribers has declined to 65.23% from 65.59% whereas share of Rural subscribers has increased to 34.77% in the month of March 2012. With this, the overall Teledensity in India reaches 78.66 at the end of March, 2012 from 78.10 of the previous month.
Releasing the Telecom Subscription Data as on 31st March 2012, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India ( TRAI) says subscription in urban areas grew from 618.82 million in February, 2012 to 620.53 million at the end of March, 2012. Subscription in rural areas increased from 324.68 million to 330.82 million during the same period. The growth of urban and rural subscription is 0.28% and 1.89% respectively. The overall Urban teledensity has increased from 169.37 to 169.55 and rural teledensity increased from 38.53 to 39.22.
The share of Urban Subscriber has decreased from 65.20 % to 64.83% where as share of Rural Subscribers has increased from 34.80% to 35.17%. The overall wireless Tele density in India reached 76.00.
The mobile subscription in Urban Areas increased from 594.11 million in February 2012 to 595.90 million at the end of March 2012. The subscription in Rural Areas increased from 317.06 million to 323.27 million during the same period. This shows higher growth in Rural Subscription (1.96%) than Urban Subscription (0.30%). The Urban wireless teledensity has increased from 162.61 to 162.82 and Rural teledensity has increased from 37.62 to 38.33.
Private operators hold 88.65% of the wireless market share where as BSNL and MTNL, two PSU operators hold only 11.35% market share.
As per the data reported by the service providers, by the end of March 2012 about 41.88 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 Gujarat (3.88 million) followed by Rajasthan (3.71 million) whereas in MNP Zone-II (Southern & Eastern) maximum number of requests have been received in Karnataka (4.53 million) followed by Andhra Pradesh Service area (3.99 million). In the month of March 2012, total number of subscribers who have submitted their request for MNP is 4.76 million.
Wireline subscriber base declined from 32.33 Million at the end of February 2012 to 32.17 Million at the end of March 2012. The share of Urban Subscribers has increased from 76.43% to 76.54% where as share of Rural Subscribers has declined from 23.57% to 23.46%. The overall wireline teledensity has marginally decreased from 2.68 in February 2012 to 2.66 in March 2012, with urban and rural teledensity being 6.73 and 0.89 respectively. BSNL and MTNL, two PSU operators hold 80.59% of the Wireline market share.
Total Broadband subscriber base has increased from 13.54 million at the end of February 2012 to 13.79 million at the end of March 2012, there by showing a monthly growth of 1.86%. Yearly growth in broadband subscribers is 14.80% during the last one year (March 2011 to March 2012).
As on 31st March 2012, there are 155 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) which are providing broadband services in the country. Top three ISPs in terms of market share are: BSNL, Bharti Airtel and MTNL.