Telecom subscribers grow 0.83% between Feb-Mar’12

The number of telephone subscribers in India has grown at a rate of 0.83 per cent MoM. It has increased to 951.34 million at the end of March’12 from 943.49 million in Feb’12. This has been reported by the TRAI today. While urban areas added 1.71 million subscriptions in a month, rural subscription grew at a rapid pace of 6.14 million during the same period.

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It is interesting to know that while the share of rural subscribers has increased to 34.77 per cent MoM, urban share has declined by 0.36 per cent. With this, the overall Tele-density in India reaches to 78.66 at the end of March, 2012 from 78.10 of the previous month.

As per the data reported by various service providers, about 41.88 million subscribers have submitted number portability requests, by the end of March 2012. In Northern & Western India the maximum number of requests has been received in Gujarat, 3.88 million, followed by 3.71 million in Rajasthan. In the Southern & Eastern zone Karnataka tops the list with 4.53 million request followed by Andhra Pradesh, 3.99 million.

The TRAI report says that the total Wireless subscriber base with Feb-Mar’12 increased from 911.17 million to 919.17 Million, registering a growth of 0.88 per cent. On one hand where wireless teledensity saw an increase, wireline teledensity fell to 2.66 in March’12, with urban and rural teledensity being 6.73 and 0.89 respectively.

While Bharti Airtel saw the maximum market share, 19.72 per cent, the lowest was seen by HFCL, 0.14 per cent. Private operators hold 88.65 per cent of the wireless market share where as BSNL and MTNL, two PSU operators hold only 11.35 per cent market share.

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