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

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