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ACT leads in wired subs adds, Jiojuggernaut marches on

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BENGALURU: Atria Convergence Technologies Pvt. Ltd (ACT) leads in wired broadband internet subscribers additions in calendar year 2017 (CY-17) until 31 March 2017 (Mar-17) as per data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). ACT has added 50,000 subscribers, of which 30,000 were added in March 2017 followed by Indian telecom major Bharti Airtel Limited (Airtel) which added 40,000 subscribers during the same period. The MukeshDhirubhaiAmbani led Reliance Industries Limited juggernaut Reliance JioInfocom Limited (Jio) continued as the company with the largest wireless broadband internet subscriber base in the country ? all of it being wireless so far. Having overtaken the incumbent biggest wireless broad band internet player until Oct-16, Airtel, Jio had a subscriber base of 108.68 million (1086.8 lakh) in Mar-17.

One lakh (0.1 million) wired broadband internet subscribers were added in CY-17 as per TRAI data. Among the wireline ISP?s,BSNL is the biggest player by far with 99.8 lakh subscribers. BSNL added 30,000 wired broadband subscribers in CY-17.The second largest wireline ISP in India is Airtel which closed Mar-17 with 20.8 lakh wireline subscribers, after adding just 10,000 subscribers to its wireline internet subscriber base during Mar-17 and as mentioned above, 40,000 in CY-17. The third largest wireline broadband internet services provider was regional private player ACT Broadband with a subscriber base of 11.7 lakh at the end of Mar-18. The government run Mahanagar Sanchar Nigam Limited (MTNL) lost 30,000 subscribers in CY-17and had a subscriber base of 10.1 lakh at the end of Mar-17. The fifth player in the list of top five wireline broadband internet service providers in the country is another regional player ? You Broadband or You BB. There was no change in the minnow?s subscriber base of 6.2 lakh in Mar-17 vis-?-vis Feb-17. Please refer to the figure below:

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The wireless broadband internet subscriber base of the top 5 service providers grew by 22.09 percent (437.6lakh) in CY-17 from 1981.4 lakh to 2419 lakh in Mar-17. The top five service wireless internet service providers subscriber base grew 6.7 percent (151.9 lakh) between Feb-17 and Mar-17. 

The top five wireless service providers constituted 87.48 percent market share of the totalbroadband subscribers at the end of Mar-17. These service providerswere Jio(108.68 million), Airtel (49.13million or 491.3 lakh), Vodafone (37.72 million or 377.2 lakh), Idea Cellular (24.70 millionor 247 lakh) and BSNL(21.67 or 216.7million).Jio added 35.52 million or 355.2 lakh (50.61 percent growth in CY-17 subscribers in CY-17 and 5.84 or 58.4 lakh (5.68 percent growth in Mar-17) subscribers in Mar-17.

Please refer to the figure below for All India wireless subscriber base and subscriber base of top 5 wireless broadband internet service providers:

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Among the top 5 wireless broadband internet services providers in the country, Jio has shown the highest growth. Please refer to the figure below for growth of top 5 wireless broadband internet service providers in the country:

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Notes: (1) The unit of currency in this report is the Indian rupee - Rs (also conventionally represented by INR). The Indian numbering system or the Vedic numbering system has been used to denote money values. The basic conversion to the international norm would be:

(a) 100,00,000 = 100 lakh = 10,000,000 = 10 million = 1 crore.

(b) 10,000 lakh = 100 crore = 1 arab = 1 billion.

(2) TRAI reports indicate data in millions of numbers up to 2 decimal places. Hence it is assumed in this report that a figure of 0.51 million (5.1 lakh) subscribers for You BB for Dec-2015 would be granular to the nearest 10,000. While percentages have been mentioned up to two decimal places, the accuracy may vary, depending upon the exact number.

 (3) MSOs? have a number of subsidiaries and alliances, hence broadband numbers are split as applicable. The consolidated subscription numbers of these entities could be larger. Hathway is a case in point.

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