India Wireless Telecom Market: September 2012

Maharashtra & Goa regains top spot from U.P. (East) driven by higher proportion of active mobile users
Source: TRAI
India’s active mobile subscriber base decreased to 698.96 million in September 2012 from 701.87 million in August 2012 …
·        Indian wireless telecom market ends September 2012 with subscriber base of 906.62 million, decline of 1.74 million, monthly growth rate of -0.19%
·        Overall mobile teledensity stands at 74.49% (Urban – 154.64%, Rural – 39.52%)
·        Urban to rural subscriber ratio is 63.06% to 36.94%
·        Rural market added 1.70 million mobile subscribers at a monthly growth rate of 0.51% while urban subscriber base declined by 3.44 million, growth of -0.60%
·        According to VLR data, India had 698.96 million active mobile subscribers. Hence, actual wireless teledensity in India is 57.43% by September 2012
·        In September 2012, about 4.86 million subscribers submitted Mobile Number Portability (MNP) requests which is about 0.54% of total mobile subscriber base in India

Bharti Airtel leads with 24.4% share as top 5 players owns 82.4% market….
·        Bharti Airtel maintains its leadership position with 24.5% market share in India
·        Idea has largest proportion of active mobile users at 94.46% followed by Bharti Airtel (91.83%) and Vodafone (90.14%)
·        Top 5 players in Indian wireless telecom industry accounts for 82.4% market share in terms of active subscriber base
·        Aircel added highest number of mobile subscribers at 655,117 followed by BSNL (393,016) and Reliance (213,444). While Bharti’s subscriber base shrunk by 981,621 followed by Vodafone (686,183) and Idea (508,782) mainly due to disconnections of inactive users by telecom operators

Maharashtra & Goa dethroned U.P. (East) to grab No.1 position …
·        Maharashtra & Goa with 57.62 million active mobile subscribers is leading followed by U.P. (East) with 56.82 million active mobile users
·        During September 2012, subscriber base of U.P. (East) shrunk by 451,819 while Maharashtra & Goa experienced 825,204 mobile disconnections
·        Driven by higher proportion of active users in at 84.71% , Maharashtra & Goa reclaimed No.1 position from U.P. (East) circle which has 76.19% of its mobile users as active
·        Andhra Pradesh (53.49 million) is third followed by Tamil Nadu (53.36 million) at fourth. Bihar with 45.81 million active mobile subscribers is the 5th largest market wireless telecom market in India

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