New Delhi: India, the world’s fastest growing wireless market, added 31.58 million subscribers in the wireless segment in the third quarter ended December last fiscal, a growth of 10% over the previous quarter.
During the quarter, the subscriber base for wireless services has increased to 346.89 million from 315.31 million in the previous quarter, telecom regulator Trai said today.
Telecom operators earned Rs39,408 crore revenue in the quarter, posting an increase of 6% over the Q2. The Adjusted Gross Revenue, or AGR, for Q3 was also up 6% at Rs28,940 crore, it said.
Operators have earned less average income per user in both GSM and CDMA segments. The all-India blended ARPU per month has dropped by 45% to Rs220 in the quarter over preceding quarter.
CDMA operators’ ARPU is down to Rs111 from Rs122 for the quarter ended December 2008.
ARPU for post-paid service has shown a decline of 4.2% to 559 in December 2008 while that of prepaid service has gone up by 1.6% to Rs 190.
The total subscriber base of the wireline and wireless services reached 384.79 million in the said period, a growth of 8.80% over the previous quarter, Trai said. The tele-density (number of phones per 100 people) is 33.23 as on December 2008.
The subscriber base of wireline service decreased to 37.90 million in the third quarter from 38.35 million in the preceding quarter last fiscal.
Rural wireline user base decreased by 2.46% to 10.68 million in the quarter, whereas the rural subscriber base rose by 2.38% to 93.15 million. The number of PCOs has also decreased by 4.32% to 5.98 million.
Internet subscriber base in the quarter reached 12.85 million, registering a growth of 12.24%. BSNL was the top Internet service provider in the country, with more than 50% of the total subscriber base.
Broadband subscriber base surged by 12.65% to 5.52 million in the third quarter, Trai said.
The AGR of PSU telecom units is Rs8,321 crore while that of the private sector is Rs20,619 crore, it added.