Vodafone India leads wireline telephony market in net additions in February 2012

Telecom Lead India:
Mobile phone service provider Vodafone India is leading the wireline telephony
market in terms of net additions in February 2012. The net addition of wireline
subscribers of Vodafone was 26.41 percent in February. Vodafone started
reporting of fixed line subscriber base of its corporate customers from
February 2012.


Tatas’ net addition of wireline users was 23.23 percent in
February 2012, while net addition of MTS India and Reliance Communications was
1.01 percent and 1.5 percent, respectively. Both BSNL and MTNL reported net
addition of -152.95 percent and -1.3 percent.


Vodafone, which focuses on mobile service business, has a
market share of 0.05 percent in wireline business. BSNL is leading the wireline
market with 70.07 percent share. MTNL and Airtel have market share of 10.69
percent and 10.08 percent, respectively, according to TRAI.

TRAI said wireline subscriber base declined from 32.39 million
at the end of January 2012 to 32.33 million at the end of February 2012. The
share of urban Subscribers has increased from 76.32 percent to 76.43 percent
where as share of rural subscribers has declined from 23.68 percent to 23.57
percent. The overall wireline teledensity in India has remained, more or less,
stable at 2.68 with urban and rural teledensity being 6.76 and 0.90

BSNL and MTNL, two PSU operators, hold 80.76 percent of the wireline
market share.

Broadband subscription reached to 13.54 million in February
2012 from 13.42 million in January 2012.


The number of telephone subscribers in India increased to 943.49
million at the end of February, 2012 from 936.12 million at the end of January
2012, registering a growth rate of 0.79 percent.


The share of urban subscribers has declined to 65.59 percent
from 65.79 percent whereas share of rural subscribers has increased to 34.41
percent in the month of February 2012. With this, the overall Tele-density in
India reaches to 78.10 at the end of February, 2012 from 77.57 of the previous


Subscription in urban areas grew from 615.83 million in
January, 2012 to 618.82 million at the end of February, 2012. Subscription in rural
areas increased from 320.29 million to 324.68 million during the same period.
The growth of urban and rural subscription is 0.49 percent and 1.37 percent
respectively. The overall urban teledensity has increased from 168.84 to 169.37
and rural teledensity increased from 38.04 to 38.53.