TABLE-India's mobile user base rises 0.8 pct in Jan to 893.3 mln

Wed Mar 12, 2014 4:57am EDT

March 12 (Reuters) - India's mobile phone customer base rose
0.8 percent, or a net  7 million, in January to 893.3 million,
data released by the sector regulator showed on Wednesday.
    By comparison, China, the world's biggest mobile phone
market, reported a 0.6 percent monthly rise in mobile
subscribers to 1.24 billion as of end-January. 
    Below is a table of mobile phone subscriptions in India, the
world's second-biggest wireless market by number of users, as of
 COMPANY                  CHANGE(MLN)     TOTAL USERS(MLN)  
 Bharti Airtel                 2.43           200.84
 Vodafone India                1.78           162.19
 Idea Cellular                 1.53           130.22
 Reliance Communications       0.41           117.65
 Bharat Sanchar Nigam         -1.58            94.71 
 Aircel                        1.53            68.44   
 Tata Teleservices            -0.07            63.20
 Telewings                     1.14            33.92
 Sistema Shyam TeleServices   -0.36             9.45
 Videocon Telecommunications   0.26             4.23
 MTNL                         -0.10             3.49    
 Loop Mobile                  -0.03             2.95       
 Quadrant Televentures         0.07             2.03    
* Active mobile subscriptions in January were 772.65 million, or
about 86.49 percent of the total connections.
* Mobile connections per 100 people, known as tele-density, was
72.18 in January. Mobile tele-density in urban areas was 139.42,
compared with 42.43 in rural areas. India is divided into 22
telecommunications service zones.
* In January, 2.56 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 56.9 million at end-January.
There were 42.35 million wireless broadband users and 14.55
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 28.72
million in January, from 28.89 million in December.
* Including fixed-phone lines, India had 922.04 million phone
users as of Jan. 31, or a total tele-density of 74.5.
* Source text:

 (Compiled by Aditi Shah in New Delhi)