Teledensity crosses 40; July mobile users addition at 14.38 mn

Last Updated: Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 23:22

New Delhi: India added a whopping 14.38
million wireless subscribers in July this year, taking the
country`s teledensity or number of users per 100 to 40.

Total wireless user base in the country swelled to 441.66 million. According to data released by Telecom Regulator TRAI,
the growth in wireless segment was led by Airtel with an addition of about 2.8 million users, followed by Reliance
Communications which added 2.3 million new subscribers.

Vodafone and Tata Teleservices (TTSL) added 2.2 million
users each, while Idea increased its base by 1.3 million.

The total wireless -- GSM, CDMA and WLL(F)-- subscriber
base stood at 441.66 million in July. However, the wireline
connections declined by 0.13 million to 37.41 million during
the month.

TRAI said the wireline subscriber base declined to 37.41
million users in July from 37.54 million in June 2009.

"While major private wireline service providers have
increased their subscriber base, BSNL and MTNL lost 0.17
million subscribers in the month of July," TRAI added.

Airtel, added about 34,000 wireline users, while Reliance
and Tata Teleservices also saw its base increase by 7,655 and
2,389 users.

The broadband subscriber base reached the 6.80 million-
mark from 6.62 million in June, TRAI said.

Bureau Report



First Published: Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 23:22

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