1.63 Crore Mobile Subscribers Added In May: TRAI

The number of telephone subscribers in India increased to 653.92 million at the end of May-2010 from 638.05 million in April 2010, thereby registering a growth rate of 2.49%. With this, the overall tele-density in India has reached 55.38. According to a data released by TRAI, wireless subscriber registered 2.71% growth, while the wireline segment declined during this period. Wireless subscriber base (including GSM, CDMA and FWP) increased from 601.22 million in April 2010 to 617.53 million at the end of May 2010. The wireless teledensity stands at 52.30. The growth in the wireless category was led by Bharti Airtel, which added 3 million users to take its subscriber base to 133.6 million users, followed by Reliance Communications (2.8 million new subscribers), Vodafone (2.59 million new subscribers), Tata Teleservices added 2.32 million users in May 2010 and more. According to TRAI, wireline subscriber base declined from 36.83 million in April 2010 to 36.39 million at the end of May 2010. BSNL/MTNL, two PSU operators hold 84.32% of the wireline market share. Overall wireline teledensity is 3.08. In addition, total Broadband subscriber base has increased from 9 million to 9.24 million in May 2010, there by showing a growth of 2.67%.

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