Indian mobile subscriber base up 0.21% to 876.72 million, Aircel leads net addition in August

Indian mobile subscriber base increased 0.21 percent to 876.72 million in August 2013 from 874.88 million in July 2013. Aircel leads the net addition, while Uninor lost the maximum users, according to TRAI.

According to telecom regulator TRAI data released on Friday, Aircel, a joint venture of Malaysian telecom giant Maxis, tops the list of net additions with 876,883 mobile users, Airtel 833,852, Idea Cellular 752,107, Reliance Communications 510,682, Videocon 158,008.

Uninor, the joint venture of Telenor of Norway, leads the list of lost subscribers during August with 505,589 mobile subscribers, Tata Teleservices 373,353, Vodafone 85,811 and MTS India 15,515.

TRAI data said the share of urban wireless subscribers has declined from 60.10 percent to 59.98 percent whereas share of rural wireless subscribers has increased from 39.90 percent to 40.02 percent. The overall wireless Teledensity in India has reached 71.21 from 71.13 of previous month.


Mobile subscriber base August 2013
Indian rural telecom

Wireless subscription in urban areas increased from 525.78 million in July 2013 to 525.84 million in August 2013. The wireless subscription in rural areas increased from 349.09 million to 350.88 million during the same period.

The urban wireless Teledensity has decreased from 139.87 to 139.65 whereas rural Teledensity has increased from 40.88 to 41.05.

Indian broadband

Broadband subscriber base has increased from 15.24 million in July 2013 to 15.28 million in August 2013, growing at 0.26 percent. Yearly growth in broadband subscribers is 3.10 percent during the last one year (August 2012 to August 2013).

Top five ISPs in terms of market share (based on subscriber base) are: BSNL (9.98 million), Bharti Airtel (1.43 million), MTNL (1.08 million), Hathway (0.37 million) and You Broadband (0.33 million).

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