Airtel leads in October 2012 with net addition of 491,570 mobile users

Telecom Lead India: Bharti Airtel is the leading mobile operator in October 2012 in terms of net addition of 491,570 users.

Vodafone’s net addition was 480,336.

In third position, the state-run BSNL has added 357,148 mobile users in October 2012, TRAI said.

Idea Cellular, Aircel, HFCL and MTNL also added users.

However, Tata Teleservices’ net addition was -16,07,347 users.

Reliance Communications, Sistema, Telenor, Videocon and Loop also lost subscribers.


TRAI said total wireless subscriber base decreased from 906.62 million in September 2012 to 904.23 million in October 2012, down 0.26 percent. This decline is due to large scale disconnections by some of the service providers.

The share of urban wireless subscribers has decreased from 63.06 percent to 62.68 percent where as share of rural wireless subscribers has increased from 36.94 percent to 37.32 percent. The overall wireless Teledensity in India has reached 74.21.

Wireless subscription in urban areas decreased from 571.70 million in September 2012 to 566.81 million in October 2012. The wireless subscription in rural areas increased from 334.92 million to 337.42 million during the same period. The urban wireless Teledensity has decreased from 154.64 to 153.06 and rural Teledensity has increased from 39.52 to 39.78, according to TRAI.


Wireline subscriber base declined from 31.08 million at the end of September 2012 to 30.95 million in October 2012. Net reduction in wireline subscriber base was 0.14 million. The share of urban subscribers has increased from 77.17 percent to 77.29 percent where as share of rural subscribers has declined from 22.83 percent to 22.71 percent. The overall wireline Teledensity has marginally decreased from 2.55 in September 2012 to 2.54 in October 2012, with urban and rural Teledensity being 6.46 and 0.83 respectively. BSNL and MTNL, the two PSU operators hold 79.93 percent of the wireline market share.


India’s Broadband subscriber base has increased from 14.68 million in September 2012 to 14.81 million in October 2012, up 0.89 percent. Yearly growth in broadband subscribers is 14.10 percent during the last one year (October 2011 to October 2012).

As on 31st October 2012, there are 157 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) which are

Top five ISPs in terms of market share based on subscriber base are: BSNL (9.69 million), Bharti Airtel (1.39 million), MTNL (1.08 million), Hathway (0.37 million) and Tikona (0.30 million).

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