TABLE-India's mobile user base falls 0.2 pct in Jan to 862.6 mln

Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:30pm IST

Stocks

   

March 15 (Reuters) - India's mobile phone subscriber base
declined by a net 2.1 million, or 0.24 percent, in January to
862.62 million, the seventh straight monthly fall, due to a
slowdown in gross additions and as carriers continued to
disconnect inactive users. 
    By comparison, China, the world's biggest mobile phone
market, posted a 0.9 percent monthly increase in the number of
mobile subscribers to 1.12 billion in January.  
  
    Below is a table of mobile phone subscriptions as of January
 in the world's second-biggest wireless services market, based
on data released on Friday by India's telecommunications
regulator. (www.trai.gov.in)  
      
 LEADING COMPANIES:  
 NAME                  CHANGE (MLN)     TOTAL USERS (MLN)     
 ----------------------------------------------------------     
 Bharti Airtel      2.28           184.19        
 Vodafone India       0.22           147.70         
 Reliance Comm     -0.22           118.31  
 Idea Cellular      2.45           116.40             
 Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd     0.32           100.24
 Tata Teleservices           -1.88            67.68          
 Aircel                      -1.78            61.57             
 Unitech Wireless             -1.4            40.12             
 Sistema Shyam TeleServices  -0.53            14.35  
   
 SMALLER PLAYERS:  
 NAME                      ADDITIONS     TOTAL USERS (MLN)  
 --------------------------------------------------------       
 MTNL              -103,798          5.20  
 Videocon Tele    1,383,258          2.26        
 Loop                         16,245           3.01    
 Quadrant (Formerly HFCL)   -107,524           1.59  
 -------------------------------------------------------      
 NOTE:  
    * Active mobile subscriptions in January were 708 million,
or 82.08 percent of the total connections.
    * Mobile connections per 100 people, known as tele-density,
was at 70.57 as of January. Mobile tele-density in urban areas
was 142.10, compared with 39.26 in rural areas.  
    * By end-January, 84.26 million mobile subscribers had opted
to change their service provider, since India allowed mobile
number portability in January 2011. 
    * The number of broadband users rose to 15.01 million in
January from 14.98 million in the previous month. 
    * The number of fixed-phone line subscribers fell to 30.52
million in January from 30.79 million in the previous month.
    * Including fixed-phone lines, India had 893.15 million
phone users at the end of January, or a total tele-density of
73.07.

 (Compiled by Aradhana Aravindan; Editing by Jijo Jacob)
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Public Health

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Cost Cutting

Cost Cutting

PM Narendra Modi boots officials out of the first class cabin  Full Article 

Airtel Profit Jumps

Airtel Profit Jumps

Bharti Q2 net profit more than doubles   Full Article 

Leisure Riding

Leisure Riding

Harley-Davidson woos affluent young Indians with bike culture  Full Article 

Maruti Earnings

Maruti Earnings

Maruti Suzuki net profit up 29 percent, beats estimates.  Full Article 

ICICI Results

ICICI Results

ICICI Bank Q2 profit up 15 percent, beats estimates.  Full Article 

Moody's on India

Moody's on India

Moody's welcomes India's policy steps, but wants to see more.  Full Article 

End Of QE

End Of QE

U.S. Fed ends bond buying, exhibits confidence in U.S. recovery.  Full Article 

Cook Comes Out

Cook Comes Out

Apple's Cook: "I'm proud to be gay"  Full Article 

Refining Margins

Refining Margins

BPCL aims to double refining margins with refinery expansion.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device  Full Coverage