Mobile subscriber base declines to 906.62 million: TRAI

By Kul Bhushan | Published on 08 Nov 2012
Mobile subscriber base declines to 906.62 million: TRAI

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According to the latest figures released by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the number of mobile phone subscribers declined to 906.62 million at the end of September 2012 from 908.36 million in August 2012. TRAI says this decline is mainly due to large scale disconnections by some of the service providers.

The share of urban wireless subscribers has decreased from 63.32 percent to 63.06 percent whereas the share of rural wireless subscribers increased from 36.68 percent to 36.94 percent.

The number of telephone subscribers in India declined to 937.70 million at the end of September 2012, down from 939.57 million at the end of August 2012 – a negative growth rate of -0.20 percent.

Private operators hold 88.43 percent of the wireless market share (based on subscriber base) whereas BSNL and MTNL, the two PSU operators hold only 11.57 percent market share.

Mobile Number Portability

TRAI says, by the end of September 2012 about 69.78 million subscribers have submitted their requests to different service providers for porting their mobile number. In MNP Zone-I (Northern & Western India), the maximum number of requests have been received in Rajasthan (6.70 million) followed by Gujarat (6.08 million).

In MNP Zone-II (Southern & Eastern) the maximum number of requests have been received in Karnataka (8.64 million) followed by Andhra Pradesh Service area (6.55 million). In the month of September 2012, total number of subscribers who have submitted their requests for MNP is 4.86 million.


Total broadband subscriber base has increased from 14.82 million at the end of August 2012 to 15.08 million at the end of September 2012, thereby showing a monthly growth of 1.71 percent. Yearly growth in broadband subscribers is 16.19 percent during the last one year (October 2011 to September 2012).

Here's highlights on Telecom Subscription data as on September 30, 2012:

Kul Bhushan


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