India Wireless Telecom (March 2011) – U.P. (East) becomes strong No. 2 market, Idea catching on Reliance for No. 3 spot

Indian wireless telecom subscriber base crosses 811 million …

Indian wireless telecom market ends FY2011 with subscriber base of 811.59 million with addition of 20.21 million during March 2011 

Overall wireless tele-density stands at 67.98% (Urban – 150.06%, Rural – 32.75%)

Urban to rural subscriber ratio is 66.30% to 33.70%

According to VLR data, India had 573.97 million active subscribers. Hence, actual wireless tele-density in India is 48.07% by March 2011

Considering the fact that considerable proportion of mobile users own more than one SIM Cards, number of wireless telephone users per 100 people would be even lesser than 48.07%. (Probably near to 40% as ratio of number of SIMs per user is about 1.2)

Idea set to become No.3 wireless telecom player in India …

Idea cellular has 14.51% market share in terms of active subscriber base compared with Bharti (25.64%), Vodafone (18.63%) and Reliance (15.17%)

As per our analysis in last monthly update, Vodafone has strengthened its No.2 position while Idea is fast catching up with Reliance to become No.3 player

Idea benefits from high proportion of active subscribers at 93.07% (highest in the industry) compared with Reliance with poor 64.14% which below industry average

U.P. (East) becomes close No.2 behind Maharashtra….

Maharashtra continued to remain largest mobile telecom market in India with 47.3 million subscribers. However, No. 2 market U.P. (East) has narrowed the gap on leader with strong subscriber additions

U.P. (East) added 1.93 million wireless subscribers in March 2011 which is considerably higher compared with Maharashtra with 1.2 million

Tamil Nadu climbed up to No.3 spot at the cost of Andhra Pradesh which is No.4 market now.

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