TABLE-India's mobile user base rises 0.6 pct in Dec to 886.3 mln

Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:43am EST

Feb 17 (Reuters) - India's mobile phone customer base rose
0.6 percent, or a net  5.16 million, in December to 886.3
million, data released by the sector regulator showed on Monday.
    By comparison, China, the world's biggest mobile phone
market, reported a 0.5 percent monthly rise in mobile
subscribers to 1.23 billion as of end-December. 
    Below is a table of mobile phone subscriptions in India, the
world's second-biggest wireless market by number of users, as of
end-December.
    
 COMPANY                  CHANGE(MLN)     TOTAL USERS(MLN)  
 Bharti Airtel                 1.81           198.41
 Vodafone India                2.37           160.41
 Idea Cellular                 0.27           128.69
 Reliance Communications       0.23           117.24
 Bharat Sanchar Nigam         -2.04            96.29 
 Aircel                        1.63            66.91   
 Tata Teleservices            -0.08            63.27
 Telewings                     0.41            32.78
 Sistema Shyam TeleServices    0.22             9.81
 Videocon Telecommunications   0.30             3.97
 MTNL                          0.01             3.59    
 Loop Mobile                  -0.03             2.98       
 Quadrant Televentures         0.06             1.96    
 
 NOTE:    
* Active mobile subscriptions in December were 762.4 million, or
about 86 percent of the total connections.
* Mobile connections per 100 people, known as tele-density, was
71.69 in December. Mobile tele-density in urban areas was
138.94, compared with 41.95 in rural areas. India is divided
into 22 telecommunications service zones.
* In December, 2.5 million mobile subscribers opted to change
their service providers through mobile number portability.
Mobile number portability is currently allowed only within a
service zone.
* Total broadband connections were 55.2 million at end-December.
There were 40.66 million wireless broadband users and 14.54
million wireline broadband users. Internet connections with a
minimum download speed of 512 KBPS are considered as broadband
in India. 
* The number of fixed-phone line subscribers fell to 28.89
million in December, from 29.01 million in November.
* Including fixed-phone lines, India had 915.19 million phone
users as of Dec. 31, or a total tele-density of 74.02.
* Source text:link.reuters.com/pur86v

 (Compiled by Devidutta Tripathy in New Delhi)
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