Broadband subscribers increase to 6.98 mn in August

MUMBAI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has announced that the total broadband subscribers in India have increased to 6.98 million in August as against 6.80 million in July.

Thus, in the month of August, 0.18 million new customers subscribed to high speed connectivity, showing a growth of 2.65 per cent over the previous month.


On-year-on-year basis, internet subscribers has grown from 4.73 million in 2008 to 6.98 million in 2009, an addition of 2.25 million.

Meanwhile, Trai has also announced that the total telephone connections (wireline and wireless) have reached to 494.07 million subscribers as compared to 479.07 million in July 2009.

With this growth, the overall tele-density has reached 42.27 per cent at the end of August 2009.

The subscriber base in wireless segment has increased from 441.66 million in July this year to 456.74 million at the end of August at a monthly growth rate of 3.42 per cent. A total of 15.08 million wireless subscribers have been added during the month.

The wireline segment has declined from 37.41 million in July to 37.33 million at the end of August, making a decrease of 0.09 million subscribers.

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