India Wireless Telecom Market: October 2012

U.P. (East) regains top spot from Maharashtra driven by higher proportion of active mobile users
Source: TRAI
India’s active mobile subscriber base increased to 703.92 million in October 2012 from 698.96 million in September 2012 …
·        Indian wireless telecom market ends October 2012 with subscriber base of 904.23 million, decline of 2.39 million, monthly growth rate of -0.26%
·        Overall mobile teledensity stands at 74.21% (Urban:  153.06%, Rural: 39.78%)
·        Urban to rural subscriber ratio is 62.68% to 37.32%
·        Rural market added 2.50 million mobile subscribers at a monthly growth rate of 0.75% while urban subscriber base declined by 4.88 million, growth of -0.85%
·        According to VLR data, India had 703.92 million active mobile subscribers. Hence, actual wireless teledensity in India is 57.77% by October 2012
·        In October 2012, about 5.36 million subscribers submitted Mobile Number Portability (MNP) requests which is about 0.59% of total mobile subscriber base in India

Bharti Airtel leads with 24.4% share while players focus on active subscriber base ….
·        Bharti Airtel maintains its leadership position with 24.3% market share in India
·        Idea has largest proportion of active mobile users at 95.37% followed by Bharti Airtel (91.72%) and Vodafone (90.89%)
·        Top 5 players in Indian wireless telecom industry accounts for 82.3% market share in terms of active subscriber base
·        Airtel added highest number of mobile subscribers at 491,570 followed by Vodafone (480,336) and BSNL (357,148). While Tata’s subscriber base shrunk by 1,607,347 followed by Uninor (1,106,438) and Reliance (844,735) mainly due to disconnections of inactive users by telecom operators

U.P. (East) grabbed No.1 position …
·        U.P. (East) with 57.87 million active mobile subscribers is leading followed by Maharashtra with 57.50 million active mobile users
·        During October 2012, subscriber base of U.P. (East) shrunk by 840,083 while Maharashtra & Goa added 743,542 mobile connections
·        However, U.P. (East) improved its proportion of active user base to 78.47% in October 2012 compared with 76.19% in September 2012 while Maharashtra’s proportion of active user base shrunk from 84.71% to 83.62% in the corresponding period
·        As a result, in terms of active mobile user base U.P. (East) overtook Maharashtra to regain No.1 position
·        Andhra Pradesh (53.76 million) is third followed by Tamil Nadu (53.56 million) at fourth. Bihar with 47.04 million active mobile subscribers is the 5th largest market wireless telecom market in India

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