The number of telephone subscribers in India decreased from 906.18 million at the end of August, 2013 to 899.86 million at the end of September 2013, thereby showing a monthly decline of 0.70%. The share of urban subscribers has declined from 60.57% to 60.36% whereas share of rural subscribers has increased from 39.43% to 39.64% in the month of September 2013. With this, the overall Teledensity in India declined from 73.60 at the end of August, 2013 to 73.01 at the end of September, 2013.
Subscription in the urban areas declined from 548.90 million in August, 2013 to 543.18 million at the end of September, 2013. Subscription in rural areas declined from 357.27 million to 356.68 million during the same period. The monthly declining rate of urban and rural subscription is 1.04% and 0.17% respectively. The overall urban Teledensity has decreased from 145.78 to 144.02 and Rural Teledensity decreased from
41.80 to 41.70 in this month.
1. Population data/Projections are available state wise only.
2. Teledensity figures are derived from the subscriber data provided by the operators and the population projections published by the Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India.
3. Delhi Service area, apart from the State of Delhi, includes wireless subscribers of the areas served by the local exchanges of Ghaziabad & Noida (in UP) and Gurgaon & Faridabad (in Haryana). West Bengal service area includes Kolkata, Maharashtra includes Mumbai and Tamil Nadu includes Chennai
Wirweless Market Share
Private operators hold 88.33% of the wireless market share (based on subscriber base) where as BSNL and MTNL, the two PSU operators hold only 11.67% market share. The graphical presentations of market shares and shares in net additions of all the service providers during the month of September, 2013 are given below:
Mobile Number Portability
As per the data reported by the service providers, by the end of September 2013 about 102.49 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 (about 10.15 million) followed by Gujarat (about 8.86 million) whereas in MNP Zone-II (Southern & Eastern) maximum number of requests have been received in Karnataka (about 11.84 million) followed by Andhra Pradesh Service area (about 9.30 million). In the month of September 2013, total number of subscribers who have submitted their request for MNP is 2.29 million. The status of MNP requests in various service areas is given below
Broadband (≥ 256 Kbps download)
Total Broadband subscriber base has increased from 15.28 million at the end of August 2013 to 15.36 million at the end of September 2013, there by showing a monthly growth of 0.52%. Yearly growth in broadband subscribers is 1.90% during the last one year (September 2012 to September 2013).
As on 30th September 2013, there are 158 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) which are providing broadband services in the country. Out of these, 95 ISPs have provided broadband subscription data for the month of September 2013, for the rest of the ISPs data from previous month has been retained. Top five
ISPs in terms of market share (based on subscriber base) are: BSNL (9.98 million), Bharti Airtel (1.44 million), MTNL (1.10 million), Hathway (0.37 million) and You Broadband (0.33 million).