TABLE-India's mobile user base falls 0.1 pct in Feb to 861.7 mln

Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:55am EDT

April 18(Reuters) - India's mobile phone subscriber base
declined by a net 0.96 million, or 0.11 percent, in February to
861.66 million, the eighth straight monthly fall, due to a
slowdown in gross additions and as carriers disconnected
inactive users.
    By comparison, China, the world's biggest mobile phone
market, posted a 0.98 percent monthly increase in the number of
mobile subscribers to 1.13 billion in February. 
    Below is a table of mobile phone subscriptions as of
end-February in the world's second-biggest wireless services
market, based on data released on Thursday by India's
telecommunications regulator. (  
 NAME                  CHANGE (MLN)     TOTAL USERS (MLN)     
 Bharti Airtel      2.43           186.62        
 Vodafone India       2.19           149.89         
 Reliance Comm      1.64           119.95  
 Idea Cellular      2.89           119.29             
 Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd     0.43           100.67
 Tata Teleservices           -0.69            66.99          
 Aircel                      -0.70            60.87             
 Unitech Wireless            -8.35            31.77             
 Sistema Shyam TeleServices  -0.32            14.03
 MTNL              -0.11             5.09  
 Loop                        -0.02             2.99    
 Videocon Tele     -0.20             2.06        
 Quadrant (Formerly HFCL)    -0.15             1.44  
    * Active mobile subscriptions in February were 712.49
million, or 82.7 percent of the total connections.
    * Mobile connections per 100 people, known as tele-density,
was at 70.42 in February. Mobile tele-density in urban areas was
139.83, compared with 40.01 in rural areas.  
    * In February, 2.57 million mobile subscribers opted to
change their service provider. A total 86.83 million have
switched operators since India allowed mobile number portability
in January 2011. 
    * The number of broadband users marginally fell to 15
million in February from 15.01 million in the previous month. 
    * The number of fixed-phone line subscribers fell to 30.36
million in February from 30.52 million in the previous month.
    * Including fixed-phone lines, India had 892.02 million
phone users at the end of February, or a total tele-density of

 (Compiled by Devidutta Tripathy in NEW DELHI; Editing by Sumeet