India Mobile Telecom Market April 2011 – Lower growth rates, U.P. (East) and Maharashtra fighting fiercely for leadership

Source: TRAI
India mobile subscriber base touched 826.93 million in April 2011 …
·        Indian wireless telecom market ends April 2011 with subscriber base of 826.93 million with addition of 15.34 million during April 2011, monthly growth rate of 1.89%
·        Overall mobile teledensity stands at 69.19% (Urban – 152.41%, Rural – 33.44%)
·        Urban to rural subscriber ratio is 66.20% to 33.80%
·        According to VLR data, India had 583.22 million active mobile subscribers. Hence, actual wireless teledensity in India is 48.80% by April 2011
Top 5 mobile telecom players account for 83% of overall subscriber base ….
·        Bharti Airtel has maintained its leadership position with 25.3% market share in India
·        Idea has largest proportion of active mobile users at 92.92%
·        Top 5 players in Indian wireless telecom industry accounts for 83% market share in terms of active subscriber base
·        Reliance (19.16%) added highest amount of subscribers in April 2011 followed by Idea (15.97%), Airtel (15.72%) and Vodafone (15.71%)
·        BSNL added only 1.13% of total new subscriber additions while MTNL added just 367 new subscribers indicating serious problems for PSU operators 

U.P. (East) and Maharashtra are having close race for pole position….
·        Maharashtra continued to remain largest mobile telecom market in India with 47.49 million subscribers. However, No. 2 market U.P. (East) has narrowed the gap considerably on the leader with 47.25 million active mobile subscribers
·        U.P. (East) added 1.42 million wireless subscribers in April 2011 which is considerably higher compared with Maharashtra with 1.2 million
·        Tamil Nadu slips to No.4 spot as Andhra Pradesh regained its No.3 position

Gujarat has highest number of porting request while Haryana has highest proportion….
·        Mobile Number Portability (MNP) resulted in 8.54 million porting request in India, 1.46% of total active mobile users
·        Gujarat with 833,672 people wanting to change their mobile operator has highest porting request
·        Haryana with 3.7% mobile subscribers requesting change in wireless telecom service provider  experienced highest proportion of churn in India

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