Telephone Subscriber Base Grows By 1.49 Percent In April-June: TRAI

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in its recent report says telephone user base in the country in April-June 2012 has grown by 1.49 percent to 965.52 million. The subscriber base at the end of March 2012 was 951.34 million. TRAI According to the report for April-June quarter, total mobile subscriber (GSM and CDMA) base expanded by 1.62 percent to 934.09 million as compared to 919.17 million at the end of March 2012. Nevertheless, the growth of user doesn’t effect on the revenue curve of GSM operators. The average revenue per user (ARPU) has declined to Rs.95 from Rs. 97 in the first quarter. Apart from this, the minutes of usage (MOU) also remained the same per user for GSM operators. The wireline subscriber base is continued to fall from 32.17 million at March 2012 to 31.43 million at June. Though, the subscription in urban areas has witnessed a slight growth of 621.76 million in April-June, from 620.53 million at the end of March 2012. The telephone density in the rural parts of the country increased to 40.66 user which was before 39.22 user. TRAI reports the Internet subscriber base also has seen and upward growth by 0.66 percent during the quarter and reached 23.01 million at June end, which was earlier 22.86 million. During the same period of January-March, the broadband user base reached 14.57 million from 13.81 million. The gross revenue of telecom service sector has been registered Rs. 52, 512.10 crore and adjusted revenue is Rs. 35, 499.01 crore. Amongst GSM bigwigs, Bharti Airtel is still in the top position with 22.52 percent market share and a subscriber base of 187.30 million at the end of June 2012. Idea and Vodafone are the next two maximum user base companies. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) registered 0.28 million new users. Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) too added user base in the same period. Both are state-run.

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