India Wireless Telecom Market: September 2013


Maharashtra extends its lead driven by higher proportion of active users while Reliance disconnects more than 10 million inactive users

Source: TRAI

India’s active mobile subscriber base increased from 735.88 million in August 2013 to 738.88 million in September 2013 …

·       Indian wireless telecom market ends September 2013 with subscriber base of 870.58 million, reduction of 6.14 million, monthly growth rate of -0.70%
·       Overall mobile teledensity stands at 70.63% (Urban:  137.93%, Rural: 40.96%)
·       Urban to rural subscriber ratio is 59.75% to 40.25%
·       Rural market contracted by 0.51 million mobile subscribers at a monthly growth rate of
-0.15% while urban subscriber base decreased 5.63 million, growth of -1.07%
·       According to VLR data, India had 738.89 million active mobile subscribers. Hence, actual wireless teledensity in India is 59.95% by September 2013
·       In September 2013, about 2.29 million subscribers submitted Mobile Number Portability (MNP) requests which is about 0.26% of total mobile subscriber base in India


Bharti Airtel leads with 24.9% share as market continues to focus on active subscriber base eliminating inactive subscribers….

·       Bharti Airtel maintains its leadership position with 24.9% market share in India
·       Idea has largest proportion of active mobile users at 97.19% followed by Vodafone (95.71%) and Bharti Airtel (95.26%)
·       State-owned BSNL+MTNL with only 56.08% of active mobile subscriber base is certainly struggling in highly competitive and dynamic market environment raising lot of concerns about their future
·       While Tata (68.14%), Aircel (64.14%) and Unitech (70.22%) are way behind leading pack in terms of active user proportion raising doubts about long term sustainability of their business model
·       During September 2013, Reliance took drastic step by disconnecting 10.49 million of its inactive connections. As a result, active subscriber percentage of Reliance improved from 86.68% in August 2013 to 93.71% in September 2013
·       Due to its large scale disconnections, Reliance dropped to 4th position behind Airtel, Vodafone and Idea in terms of total wireless subscriber base
·       Idea (1.21 million), Vodafone (1.20 million) and Bharti (1.16 million) led in terms of net subscriber additions during September 2013 while Reliance (-10.49 million) and MTNL (-0.23 million) were worst performers
·       Top 5 players in Indian wireless telecom industry accounts for 84.3% market share in terms of active subscriber base


Maharashtra strengthened its leadership position …

·       Maharashtra with 61.49 million active mobile users is leading followed by U.P. (East) with 59.46 million active mobile subscribers
·       With 90.99% of active subscribers, Maharashtra is the most active circle while Tamil Nadu with 74.41% active users is least active
·       Andhra Pradesh (55.64 million) is third followed by Tamil Nadu (54.54 million) at fourth. Bihar with 49.99 million active mobile subscribers is the 5th largest market wireless telecom market in India


India Wireless Telecom Market: August 2013


Maharashtra is leading driven by higher proportion of active users while Airtel is at pole

Source: TRAI

India’s active mobile subscriber base increased to 735.88 million in August 2013 from 731.40 million in July 2013 …

·     Indian wireless telecom market ends August 2013 with subscriber base of 876.72 million, addition of 1.84 million, monthly growth rate of 0.21%
·       Overall mobile teledensity stands at 71.21% (Urban:  139.65%, Rural: 41.05%)
·       Urban to rural subscriber ratio is 59.98% to 40.02%
·       Rural market expanded by 1.79 million mobile subscribers at a monthly growth rate of
0.51% while urban subscriber base increased 0.05 million, growth of 0.01%
·    According to VLR data, India had 735.88 million active mobile subscribers. Hence, actual wireless teledensity in India is 59.77% by August 2013
·      In August 2013, about 2.37 million subscribers submitted Mobile Number Portability (MNP) requests which is about 0.27% of total mobile subscriber base in India



Bharti Airtel leads with 24.8% share as market continues to focus on active subscriber base ….

·       Bharti Airtel maintains its leadership position with 24.8% market share in India
·       Idea has largest proportion of active mobile users at 97.80% followed by Vodafone (95.94%) and Bharti Airtel (95.05%)
·   State-owned BSNL+MTNL with only 55.85% of active mobile subscriber base is certainly struggling in highly competitive and dynamic market environment raising lot of concerns about their future
·     While Tata (68.36%), Aircel (63.84%) and Unitech (69.02%) are way behind leading pack in terms of active user proportion raising doubts about long term sustainability of their business model
·     Aircel (0.87 million), Bharti (0.83 million) and Idea (0.75 million) led in terms of net subscriber additions during August 2013 while Tata (-0.37 million) and Unitech (-0.50 million) were worst performers
·     Top 5 players in Indian wireless telecom industry accounts for 84.4% market share in terms of active subscriber base



Maharashtra holds top position …

·    Maharashtra with 61.62 million active mobile users is leading followed by U.P. (East) with 60.45 million active mobile subscribers
·    With 89.82% of active subscribers, Maharashtra is the most active circle while Tamil Nadu with 73.47% active users is least active
·    Andhra Pradesh (55.30 million) is third followed by Tamil Nadu (53.90 million) at fourth. Bihar with 50.73 million active mobile subscribers is the 5th largest market wireless telecom market in India






India Wireless Telecom Market: May 2013

U.P. (East) extends its lead over Maharashtra while Airtel continues to dominate
Source: TRAI
India’s active mobile subscriber base increased to 723.91 million in May 2013 from 724.52 million in April 2013 …
·         Indian wireless telecom market ends May 2013 with subscriber base of 870.20 million, addition of 3.18 million, monthly growth rate of 0.37%
·         Overall mobile teledensity stands at 70.90% (Urban:  139.32%, Rural: 40.83%)
·         Urban to rural subscriber ratio is 59.99% to 40.01%. For the first time, Urban share falls below 60% mark indicating increasing importance of rural market
·         Rural market expanded by 2.34 million mobile subscribers at a monthly growth rate of
0.68% while urban subscriber base increased 0.83 million, growth of 0.16%
·         According to VLR data, India had 727.92 million active mobile subscribers. Hence, actual wireless teledensity in India is 59.31% by May 2013
·         In May 2013, about 1.83 million subscribers submitted Mobile Number Portability (MNP) requests which is about 0.21% of total mobile subscriber base in India

Bharti Airtel leads with 24.8% share as market continues to focus on active subscriber base ….
·         Bharti Airtel maintains its leadership position with 24.8% market share in India
·         Idea has largest proportion of active mobile users at 98.03% followed by Bharti Airtel (95.16%) and Vodafone (95.13%)
·         State-owned BSNL+MTNL with only 55.88% of active mobile subscriber base is certainly struggling in highly competitive and dynamic market environment raising lot of concerns about their future
·         While Tata (67.76%), Aircel (65.41%) and Unitech (64.03%) are way behind leading pack in terms of active user proportion raising doubts about long term sustainability of their business model
·         Reliance (1.20 million), Vodafone (0.91 million) and Idea (0.87 million) led in terms of net subscriber additions during May 2013 while Tata (-0.36 million) and BSNL (-0.90 million) were worst performers
·         Top 5 players in Indian wireless telecom industry accounts for 84.5% market share in terms of active subscriber base



U.P. (East) extends its lead over Maharashtra driven by strong subscriber additions …
·         U.P. (East) with 62.99 million active mobile users is leading followed by Maharashtra with 60.63 million active mobile subscribers
·         U.P. (East) with 1.29 million subscribers addition compared with 15,284 for Maharashtra extended its leadership position
·         With 89.30% of active subscribers, Maharashtra is the most active circle while Tamil Nadu with 74.03% active users is least active
·         Andhra Pradesh (54.40 million) is third followed by Tamil Nadu (53.65 million) at fourth. Bihar with 52.23 million active mobile subscribers is the 5th largest market wireless telecom market in India


India Wireless Telecom Market: April 2013

U.P. (East) dislodged Maharashtra to capture top position while Airtel continues to rule
Source: TRAI
India’s active mobile subscriber base increased to 724.52 million in April 2013 from 723.00 million in March 2013 …
·         Indian wireless telecom market ends April 2013 with subscriber base of 867.02 million, decline of 0.78 million, monthly growth rate of -0.09%
·         Overall mobile teledensity stands at 70.71% (Urban:  139.33%, Rural: 40.59%)
·         Urban to rural subscriber ratio is 60.11% to 39.89%
·         Rural market expanded by 3.34 million mobile subscribers at a monthly growth rate of
0.98% while urban subscriber base shrunk by 4.12 million, growth of -0.79%
·         According to VLR data, India had 724.52 million active mobile subscribers. Hence, actual wireless teledensity in India is 59.09% by April 2013
·         In April 2013, about 2.03 million subscribers submitted Mobile Number Portability (MNP) requests which is about 0.23% of total mobile subscriber base in India



Bharti Airtel leads with 24.8% share as market continues to focus on active subscriber base ….
·         Bharti Airtel maintains its leadership position with 24.8% market share in India
·         Idea has largest proportion of active mobile users at 98.11% followed by Bharti Airtel (95.21%) and Vodafone (95.10%)
·         State-owned BSNL+MTNL with only 54.73% of active mobile subscriber base is certainly struggling in highly competitive and dynamic market environment raising lot of concerns about their future
·         Vodafone (1.42 million) and Idea (1.28 million) led in terms of net subscriber additions during April 2013 while Sistema (-1.90 million) and BSNL (-2.24 million) were worst performers
·         Top 5 players in Indian wireless telecom industry accounts for 84.3% market share in terms of active subscriber base

U.P. (East) regained top position from Maharashtra while Bihar lost more than 1.3 million connections …
·         U.P. (East) with 61.30 million active mobile users is leading followed by Maharashtra with 60.39 million active mobile subscribers
·         During April 2013, Maharashtra lost 0.51 million subscriber while U.P. (East) lost only 47,354 connections. As a result, U.P. (East) bagged top position in closely battle with Maharashtra
·         With 88.96% of active subscribers, Maharashtra is the most active circle while Tamil Nadu with 72.78% active users is least active
·         Andhra Pradesh (54.58 million) is third followed by Tamil Nadu (52.78 million) at fourth. Bihar with 50.75 million active mobile subscribers is the 5th largest market wireless telecom market in India

3 actions which can stop deaths in cars due to suffocation

Even though Automobile industry has evolved considerably in last century; still hundreds of deaths mainly children occur when car is standing still with windows closed. As even most advanced of cars are “Air-tight” and does not provide any air to passenger stuck inside car when engine “off”; struggling passenger dies of suffocation
It is not just big concern but also huge “shame” for “Automobile Industry” as a whole for neglecting one of most preventive security feature

Possibly, following actions could help to eliminate “Deaths due to suffocation” in coming days
1.      Human Censors inside the vehicle:

Automobile company could place “mandatory” human sensors inside cars so that automatic “Alarm” system can be activated

2.      Air holes which opens  when engine is “switched-off”:

There should be 4-5 air holes inside car which opens up when car engine is not “ON”. This would ensure at least bare minimum air supply inside car saving precious life at risk

3.      Emergency “SMS” or “Call”:

When “Human Sensor” identifies “life” inside switch off car, then automatic emergency SMS or Call should be made mentioning actual location of the vehicle using GPS tracking system. There could be a possibility of few unnecessary calls or SMS causing inconvenience; however no discomfort is bigger than human life

There could be many more solutions to tackle this problem which we sure that most talented automobile experts and auto companies with lot of cash reserves can provide to the world so that “Nobody dies in the car due to suffocation”

If possible, even government can make these security features mandatory. Anyways there are enough deaths to car accidents and we certainly don’t want more

Anybody listening!

Bharti Airtel: India Wireless Telecom - 2013

Source: TRAI (March 2013)
Bharti Airtel continues to lead Indian wireless telecom market with 24.7% share …
·         Bharti Airtel is the largest wireless telecom player in India with 24.7% market share in terms of active mobile subscribers

·         Total subscriber base of Airtel stood at 188.19 million while 95.00% of its subscriber base is active at the end of March 2013

·         During FY2013, active subscriber base of Airtel grew by 7.51% to 178.79 million. This is higher compared with growth rate of 5.86% for overall wireless telecom market in India

·         Bihar with 18.99 million active mobile subscribers remains the largest market for Airtel followed by Andhra Pradesh (17.71 million), Karnataka (15.93 million), U.P. <East> (14.75 million) and Rajasthan (13.79 million)

·         In terms of growth rates during FY2013, North East posted highest growth for Airtel in terms of active mobile subscriber addition at 19.41% followed by Maharashtra (17.69%), Mumbai (15.37%), Kerala (13.75%) and Bihar (13.32%)

·         Out of 22 circles where Airtel is operating 2 telecom circles witnessed negative growth for active mobile subscriber addition

·         Airtel remains at number one position in 11 out of 22 circles it operates while in three circles it has second position

Vodafone: India Wireless Telecom - 2013

Source: TRAI (March 2013)

Vodafone with 20.1% market share is the second largest mobile telecom player in India …
·         Vodafone is the second largest wireless telecom player in India with 20.1% market share in terms of active mobile subscribers

·         Total subscriber base of Vodafone stood at 152.35 million while 95.61% of its subscriber base is active at the end of March 2013

·         During FY2013, active subscriber base of Vodafone grew by 9.12% to 145.67 million. This is considerably higher compared with growth rate of 5.86% for overall wireless telecom market in India

·         Gujarat with 15.15 million active mobile subscribers remains the largest market for Vodafone followed by U.P. <East>(14.72 million), Maharashtra (13.14 million), Tamil Nadu (11.60 million) and West Bengal (11.49 million)

·         During FY2013, Odisha posted highest growth for Vodafone in terms of active mobile subscriber addition at 23.63% followed by Assam (17.76%), Mumbai (17.57%), Andhra Pradesh (16.82%) and Madhya Pradesh (15.95%)

·         Out of 22 circles where Vodafone is operating 1 telecom circle – ‘Punjab’ witnessed negative growth for active mobile subscriber addition

·         Vodafone remains at number one position in just 5 out of 22 circles it operates while in 6 circles it has second position


Idea Cellular: India Wireless Telecom - 2013

Source: TRAI (March 2013)

Idea with 16.6% market share is the 3rd largest mobile telecom player in India …
·         Idea Cellular is the third largest wireless telecom player in India with 16.6% market share in terms of active mobile subscribers

·         Total subscriber base of Idea stood at 121. 61 million while 98.86% of its subscriber base is active at the end of March 2013. Idea has the most active network in India

·         During FY2013, active subscriber base of Idea grew by 14.13% to 120.22 million. This is considerably higher compared with growth rate of 5.86% for overall wireless telecom market in India. Idea is the fastest growing mobile telecom player in the country

·         Maharashtra with 16.28 million active mobile subscribers remains the largest market for Idea followed by Madhya Pradesh (16.27 million), Andhra Pradesh (10.95 million), U.P. (West) (10.91 million) and Gujarat (8.21 million)

·         During FY2013, West Bengal posted highest growth for Idea in terms of active mobile subscriber addition at 42.15% followed by North East (31.58%), Odisha (28.77%), Kolkata (28.54%) and Tamil Nadu (26.28%)

·         Out of 22 circles where Idea is operating none of the  telecom circles witnessed negative growth for active mobile subscriber addition indicating robust performance

·         Idea  remains at number one position in 4 out of 22 circles it operates while in another 4 circles it has second position

Reliance Mobile: India Wireless Telecom - 2013

Source: TRAI (March 2013)

Reliance with 14.8% market share is the 4th largest mobile telecom player in India …
·         Reliance Mobile is the fourth largest wireless telecom player in India with 14.8% market share in terms of active mobile subscribers

·         Total subscriber base of Reliance stood at 122.97 million while 86.79% of its subscriber base is active at the end of March 2013.Although Reliance made considerable progress by increasing active subscriber base proportion during FY2013; it is still lower compared with Airtel, Vodafone and Idea

·         During FY2013, active subscriber base of Reliance grew by 5.64% to 106.72 million. This is in line with growth rate of 5.86% for overall wireless telecom market in India

·         Madhya Pradesh with 10.22 million active mobile subscribers remains the largest market for Reliance followed by Bihar (8.18 million), U.P. <East>(7.99 million), Maharashtra (7.23 million) and Delhi (7.18 million)

·         During FY2013, Himachal Pradesh posted highest growth for Reliance in terms of active mobile subscriber addition at 29.97% followed by Tamil Nadu (26.48%), North East (21.90%), Gujarat (18.13%) and Bihar (15.28%)

·         Out of 22 circles where Reliance is operating 5 telecom circles witnessed negative growth for active mobile subscriber addition

·         Reliance does not hold top position in any of the circles while it is second largest player in six circles and 3rd in three circles