India Wireless Telecom Market: September 2015

UP (East) is the largest wireless telecom market in India, while Airtel holds Pole position

Source: TRAI

India’s active mobile subscriber base increased to 893.74 million in September 2015 …

·       Indian wireless telecom market ends September 2015 with subscriber base of 996.66 million, addition of 8.49 million, monthly growth rate of 0.86%

·       Overall mobile teledensity stands at 78.93% (Urban:  147.35%, Rural: 48.11%)

·       Urban to rural subscriber ratio is 57.98% to 42.02%

·       Rural market expanded by 0.68 million mobile subscribers at a monthly growth rate of

0.16% while urban subscriber base increased 7.81 million, growth of 1.37%

·       According to VLR data, India had 893.73 million active mobile subscribers. Hence, actual wireless teledensity in India is 71.10% by September 2015

·       In September 2015, about 4.17 million subscribers submitted Mobile Number Portability (MNP) requests which is about 0.42% of total mobile subscriber base in India

Bharti Airtel leads with 25.5% share as Vodafone and Idea fighting close battle for 2nd position….

·       Bharti Airtel maintains its leadership position with 25.5% market share in India while Vodafone (19.8%) and Idea (19.1%) are fighting close battle for second position

·       Idea has largest proportion of active mobile users at 102.57% followed by Reliance (97.06%), Bharti Airtel (96.95%) and Vodafone (94.15%)  

·       State-owned BSNL+MTNL with only 70.83% of active mobile subscriber base is certainly struggling in highly competitive and dynamic market environment. Strong actions to restructure needed to revive BSNL and MTNL

·       Aircel displaced BSNL to become 5th largest mobile service provider in India

·       Although Tata (76.34%) and Aircel (70.11%) are way behind leading pack in terms of active user proportion raising doubts about long term sustainability of their business model in a highly competitive market

·       Idea (2.63 million), Bharti (2.22 million) and Vodafone (1.59 million) led in terms of net subscriber additions during December 2014 while Tata with just 2,719 new subscribers performed poorly

·       Top 5 players in Indian wireless telecom industry accounts for 83.0% market share in terms of active subscriber base

U.P. (East) leads followed by Maharashtra as largest telecom circle…

·       U.P. (East) with 75.39 million active mobile users is leading followed by Maharashtra with 74.49 million active mobile subscribers

·       With 94.07% of active subscribers, Maharashtra is the most active circle while Tamil Nadu with 83.20% active users is least active

·       Bihar (66.10 million) is third followed by Tamil Nadu (66.00 million) at fourth. Andhra Pradesh with 65.86 million active mobile subscribers is the 5th largest market wireless telecom market in India


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