According to latest TRAI data, the telephone subscriber base in India decreased to 921.47 million at the end of November, 2012 from 935.18 million at the end of October 2012, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of -1.47%. The share of urban subscribers has declined to 62.70% from 63.17% whereas share of rural subscribers has increased to 37.30% in the month of November 2012.
Total Wireless subscription in November 2012 decreased to 890.60 million as against 904.23 million in October 2012, registering a monthly growth of –1.51%. In urban areas wireless subscription decreased from 566.81 million in October 2012 to 553.91 million at the end of November 2012. During the same period, wireless subscription in rural areas decreased from 337.42 million to 336.70 million.
Out of the total 890.60 million wireless subscribers, 707.28 million were active on the date of Peak VLR for the month of November 2012. The proportion of VLR subscribers is approximately 79.42% of the total wireless subscriber base reported by the service providers. Private operators hold 88.19% of the wireless market share (based on subscriber base) where as BSNL and MTNL, the two PSU operators hold only 11.81% market share.
Wireline subscriber base declined from 30.95 million at the end of October 2012 to 30.87 Million at the end of November 2012. Net reduction in wireline subscriber base was 0.08 million. The share of urban subscribers has increased from 77.29% to 77.34% where as share of rural subscribers has declined from 22.71% to 22.66%.
The total Broadband subscriber base increased from 14.81 million at the end of October 2012 to 14.88 million at the end of November 2012, there by showing a monthly growth of 0.47%. Yearly growth in broadband subscribers is 13.33% during the last one year (November 2011 to November 2012).
1.99 million Mobile Number Portability (MNP) requests were made in the month of November 2012.