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

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