According to latest TRAI data, the total broadband subscriber base in India has increased to 14.81 million in October 2012 as against 14.68 million at the end of September 2012, there by showing a monthly growth of 0.89%. Yearly growth in broadband subscribers is 14.10% during the last one year (October 2011 to October 2012).
The telephone subscriber base in India has decreased to 935.18 million at the end of October, 2012 as against 937.70 million at the end of September 2012, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of -0.27%. The urban subscriber base has decreased from 595.69 million in September, 2012 to 590.73 million at the end of October, 2012. During the same period, subscription in rural areas has increased from 342.01 million to 344.45 million.
At the end of October 2012, the total wireless subscriber base has decreased to 904.23 million, registering a monthly growth of -0.26%. Wireless subscription in urban areas decreased from 571.70 million in September 2012 to 566.81 million at the end of Octoberber 2012. During the same period the wireless subscription in rural areas increased from 334.92 million to 337.42 million. Out of the total 904.32 million wireless subscribers, 703.92 million were active on the date of Peak VLR for the month of October 2012. The proportion of VLR subscribers is approximately 77.85% of the total wireless subscriber base reported by the service providers.
At the end of October 2012, the wireline subscriber base declined to 30.95 Million as against 31.08 million at the end of September 2012. Net reduction in wireline subscriber base was 0.14 million.
Mobile Number Portability requests increased from 69.78 million subscribers at the end of September 2012 to 75.14 million at the end of October 2012. In the month of October 2012 alone, 5.36 million requests have been made for MNP.
The Metro Circle saw the highest reduction and highest rate of decline in the wireless sector from September 2012 to October 2012. In wireline segment, the Circles in Category B have shown the highest reduction in subscriber base while Category C has shown the highest monthly rate of reduction. While metros indicate data for Delhi, Mumbai & Kolkata, data for Chennai service area has been included in Circle A, as part of TN.