According to recent data released by TRAI, the number of telephone subscribers in India decreased from 944.81 million at the end of July 2012 to 939.57 million at the end of August 2012 , thereby registering a monthly growth rate of -0.56%.
Subscription in urban areas decreased from 603.03 million in July, 2012 to 599.20 million at the end of August, 2012. During the same period, subscription in rural areas decreased from 341.79 million to 340.37 million. The monthly growth rate of urban and rural subscription is -0.64% and -0.41% respectively.
The total wireless subscriber base decreased from 908.36 million at the end of August 2012 to 913.49 million in July 2012. This decline is due to large scale disconnections by some of the service providers. The share of urban wireless subscribers has decreased from 63.37 % to 63.32% where as share of rural wireless subscribers has increased from 36.63% to 36.68%. Private operators hold 88.49% of the wireless market share (based on subscriber base) where as BSNL and MTNL, the two PSU operators hold only 11.51% market share.Out of the total 908.36 million wireless subscribers, 701.87 million were active on the date of Peak VLR for the month of August 2012.
Requests for mobile number portability increased from 59.31 million subscribers at the end of July 2012 to 64.92 million at the end of August 2012. In the month of August 2012 alone, 5.61 million requests have been made for MNP. In MNP Zone-I (Northern & Western India) maximum number of requests have been received in Rajasthan (6.17 million) followed by Gujarat (5.66 million) whereas in MNP Zone-II (Southern & Eastern) maximum number of requests have been received in Karnataka (8.12 million) followed by Andhra Pradesh Service area (6.15 million).
At the end of July 2012, the wireline subscriber base declined from 31.33 million at the end of July 2012 to 31.21 Million at the end of August 2012. Net reduction in wireline subscriber base was 0.12 million. BSNL and MTNL, the two PSU operators hold 79.93% of the Wireline market share.
The Circles in Category B show the highest reduction and highest rate of decline in the wireless sector from July 2012 to August 2012. In wireline segment also, 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 14.68 million at the end of July 2012 to 14.82 million at the end of August 2012, there by showing a monthly growth of 1.37%. Yearly growth in broadband subscribers is 16.78% during the last one year (September 2011 to August 2012). As on 31st August 2012, there are 149 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) which are providing broadband services in the country.