TABLE-Indian carriers lose 2.4 mln mobile subscribers in Oct

Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:34am EST

Dec 12 (Reuters) - India's mobile phone subscriber base
declined by a net 2.39 million in October to 904.23 million, the
fourth straight monthly fall, due to a slowdown in gross
additions and as carriers continued to disconnect inactive users
in the world's second-biggest wireless services market.
    The growth in subscriptions slowed last year, after rising
at a monthly average of 19 million in 2010 as the market showed
signs of saturation and also as companies started disconnecting
users who did not use their phones for months.
    By comparison, China, the world's biggest mobile phone
market, had 1.09 billion mobile subscribers as of October.
 
    Below is a table of mobile phone subscriptions as of
October, based on data released on Wednesday by India's
telecommunications regulator. (www.trai.gov.in) 
     
 LEADING COMPANIES: 
 NAME                  ADDITIONS (MLN)     TOTAL USERS (MLN)    
 ----------------------------------------------------------     
 Bharti Airtel      0.49           186.41       
 Vodafone India       0.48           153.15        
 Reliance Comm     -0.84           134.00 
 Idea Cellular      0.24           115.70            
 Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd     0.36            99.99             
 Tata Teleservices           -1.61            76.75         
 Aircel                       0.18            66.79             
 Unitech Wireless            -1.11            41.04             
 Sistema Shyam TeleServices  -0.50            16.09 
  
 SMALLER PLAYERS: 
 NAME                      ADDITIONS     TOTAL USERS (MLN) 
 --------------------------------------------------------       
                    
 MTNL        12,781           5.31 
 Videocon Tele     -59,151           4.39       
 Loop                        -47,379           2.98             
 Quadrant (Formerly HFCL)     21,507           1.63 
 -------------------------------------------------------     
 NOTE: 
    * Active mobile subscriptions in October were 703.92
million, or about 77.9 percent of the total connections.
    * Mobile connections per 100 people, known as tele-density,
was at 74.21 as of October. Mobile tele-density in urban areas
was 153.06, compared with 39.78 in rural areas. 
    * By end-October, 75.14 million mobile subscribers had opted
to change their service provider, since India allowed mobile
number portability in January 2011.
    * The number of broadband users rose to 14.81 million in
October from 14.68 million in the previous month. 
    * The number of fixed-phone line subscribers fell to 30.95
million in October from 31.08 million in the previous month.
    * Including fixed-phone lines, India had 935.18 million
phone users at the end of October, or a total tele-density of
76.75.

 (Compiled by Devidutta Tripathy)
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