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PostSubject: Mobile growth hits new peak; 9.22 m wireless users in July   28/08/08, 01:29 pm

Mobile subscriber base in the country is growing at such a fast pace that operators are breaking the record for net additions almost every second month.

In July, mobile operators, both GSM (global system for mobile communications) and CDMA (code division multiple access) together, added 9.22 million subscribers, which is the highest ever additions in a single month till now. The previous best was 8.94 million in June.

Airtel tops


Bharti Airtel with 2.69 million new subscribers was the biggest gainer during the month. Vodafone Essar added 1.7 million new subscribers while Reliance Communication got 1.5 million new CDMA subscribers. Both Idea Cellular and Tata Teleservices added just over a million wireless users in July.

GSM operators own 218.9 million subscribers while CDMA players have nearly 77 million users. Reliance Communications with 45 million subscribers leads the CDMA operator’s pack.

More operators


India along with China is now among the top two countries that add maximum number of wireless subscribers every month. The growth in the wireless segment is expected to cross the 10 million per month mark as new operators start rolling out their services. Videocon, Unitech, Reliance and Tata Telservices have announced plans to launch GSM mobile services by the end of the year.

This should assist the Government in achieving its target of 500 million subscribers by 2010.

In the wire line segment, the subscriber base has decreased further to 38.76 million as against 38.92 million subscribers in June as subscribers prefer to take a mobile connection. State owned telecom company BSNL, which owns most of the fixed line subscribers had announced a slew of initiatives including lower STD tariffs in a bid to arrest the slide in fixed line telephone subscriber base.

No fixed line revival seen


However, there are no signs of a revival though industry experts reckon that introduction of services like broadband and IPTV could improve the business case for fixed line telephony. With this the total number of telephones in the country reached 334.84 million of which wireless subscribers base stood at 296.08 million. Overall tele-density is now 29.08 per cent.

According to the numbers released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on Monday, the broadband subscriber base has reached 4.57 million with 19 lakh new subscribers in July. Broadband user base has almost doubled from 2.47 million in July 2007. Broadband usage is expected to get a major boost over the next year as operators start rolling out 3G and WiMax services. Introduction of Internet telephony is also expected to give a fillip to broadband growth in the country.

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