New Delhi: The total telephone subscriber base increased marginally to 102.26 crore at the end of September on the back of rise in wireless users even as the fixed line base continued to fall, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said on Wednesday. As per data shared by Trai, the total telephone base in the country stood at 101.41 crore at the end of August.
Wireless subscribers increased to 99.66 crore at the end of September from 98.81 crore in August while fixed line base declined to 2.59 crore from 2.60 crore. The overall tele-density increased to 80.98% in September from 80.40% in the preceding month. Trai had earlier said that 41.7 lakh users submitted requests for mobile number portability (MNP) in September.
“With this, the cumulative MNP requests increased from 17.22 crore at the end of August 2015 to 17.63 crore at the end of September, 2015," Trai said. The telecom regulator said, as on 30 September, the private access service providers held 91.64% market share of the wireless subscribers, whereas state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) held only 8.36% share.
In the reported period, Idea Cellular Ltd added 26.37 lakh subscribers to take its overall base to 16.65 crore, while Bharti Airtel Ltd added 22.28 lakh users and increased its base to 23.52 crore. Vodafone and BSNL added 15.93 lakh and 10.48 lakh users, respectively, to take their bases to 18.81 crore and 7.96 crore. Reliance Communications added 4.35 lakh customers and its base rose to 11.03 crore at the end of September, whereas Aircel added 2.47 lakh users to take its base to 8.39 crore.
Telenor added 2.31 lakh subscribers and its base at the end of September stood at 4.77 crore while Sistema Shyam Teleservices lost 75,455 users and its base reduced to 83.60 lakh. MTNL, which offers services in Delhi and Mumbai, added 10,544 subscribers to take its base to 35.98 lakh at the end of September whereas Tata Teleservices added 2,719 users and its base stood at 6.20 crore.
The number of broadband subscribers increased from 11.73 crore at the end of August to 12.08 crore at the end of September with monthly growth rate of 3.02%, Trai said as per reports garnered from the service providers. “Top five service providers constituted 84.01% market share of the total broadband subscribers at the end of September. These service providers were Bharti Airtel (2.81 crore), Vodafone (2.37 crore), Idea Cellular (1.96 crore), BSNL (1.89 crore) and Reliance Communications (1.10 crore)," Trai added.