TABLE-India's mobile user base rises 1.1 pct in Feb to 903.4 mln

Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:00am EDT

April 23 (Reuters) - India's mobile phone customer base rose
1.1 percent, or a net 10.05 million, in February to 903.36
million, data released by the sector regulator showed on
Wednesday.
    By comparison, China, the world's biggest mobile phone
market, reported a 0.5 percent monthly rise in mobile
subscribers to 1.25 billion as of end-February. 
    Below is a table of mobile phone subscriptions in India, the
world's second-biggest wireless market by number of users, as of
Feb. 28.
    
 COMPANY                  CHANGE(MLN)     TOTAL USERS(MLN)  
 Bharti Airtel                 2.66           203.50
 Vodafone India                2.16           164.34
 Idea Cellular                 3.33           133.55
 Reliance Communications       0.23           117.88
 Bharat Sanchar Nigam          0.12            94.83 
 Aircel                        0.70            69.15   
 Tata Teleservices            -0.05            63.15
 Telewings                     0.97            34.89
 Sistema Shyam TeleServices   -0.65             8.80
 Videocon Telecommunications   0.43             4.67
 MTNL                          0.01             3.51    
 Loop Mobile                  -0.01             2.94       
 Quadrant Televentures         0.15             2.17    
 
 NOTE:    
* Active mobile subscriptions in February were 780.27 million,
or about 86.4 percent of the total connections.
* Mobile connections per 100 people, known as tele-density, was
72.92 in February . Mobile tele-density in urban areas was
140.53, compared with 42.97 in rural areas.
* In February, 2.47 million mobile subscribers opted to change
their service providers through mobile number portability.
Mobile number portability is currently allowed only within a
service zone. India is divided into 22 telecommunications
service zones.
* Total broadband connections were 58 million at end-February.
There were 43.2 million wireless broadband users and 14.8
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 28.59
million in February, from 28.72 million in January.
* Including fixed-phone lines, India had 931.95 million phone
users as of Feb. 28, or a total tele-density of 75.2.
* Source text:link.reuters.com/zed78v    

 (Compiled by Devidutta Tripathy in New Delhi)