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

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