According to recent data released by TRAI, the telecom subscriber base in India decreased from 965.52 million at the end of June 2012 to 944.81 million at the end of July, 2012 , thereby registering a monthly growth rate of -2.14%.
While the Urban subscriber base has declined to 603.03 million in July 2012 as against 621 million in June 2012, during the same period,t he rural subscriber base has decreased from 343.76 million to 341.79 million. The monthly growth rate of urban and rural subscription is -3.01% and -0.57% respectively. The overall urban Teledensity has decreased from 169.03 to 163.66 and Rural Teledensity decreased from 40.66 to 40.40.
Requests for mobile number portability increased from 54.33 million subscribers at the end of June 2012 to 59.31 million at the end of July 2012. In the month of July 2012 alone, 4.98 million requests have been made for MNP. In MNP Zone-I (Northern & Western India) maximum number of requests have been received in Rajasthan (5.63 million) followed by Gujarat (5.34 million) whereas in MNP Zone-II (Southern & Eastern) maximum number of requests have been received in Karnataka (7.19 million) followed by Andhra Pradesh Service area (5.72 million).
Wireline subscriber base declined from 31.43 million at the end of June 2012 to 31.33 Million at the end of July 2012. Net reduction in wireline subscriber base was 1.01 lakhs.
Total wireless subscriber base decreased from 934.09 million in June 2012 to 913.49 million at the end of July 2012, registering a monthly growth of -2.21%. Out of the total 913.49 million wireless subscribers, 698.06 million were active on the date of Peak VLR for the month of July 2012. This accounts for 76.42% of the total subscriber base. Private operators hold 88.60% of the wireless market share (based on subscriber base) where as BSNL and MTNL, the two PSU operators hold only 11.40% market share.
The Circles in Category B show the highest reduction in subscriber base, the Circles in Category Metro show the highest rate of decline in the wireless sector from June 2012 to July 2012. In wireline segment, the Circles in Category B have shown the highest reduction in subscriber base and highest monthly rate of reduction.
Total Broadband subscriber base has increased from 14.50 million at the end of June 2012 to 14.68 million at the end of July 2012, there by showing a monthly growth of 1.20%. Yearly growth in broadband subscribers is 17.40% during the last one year (August 2011 to July 2012).