Broadband subscribers show growth of 4.5 per cent between Sept and Oct

NEW DELHI: As in the past few months, the largest growth in broadband during October this year was among mobile devices users (phones and dongles), registering a growth of 5.75 per cent growth.

The number of broadband subscribers between September and October has increased from 75.73 million to 79.21 million, thus registering an overall growth of 4.59 per cent.

 There was no change between September and October in fixed wireless subscribers (Wi-Fi, Wi-Max, Point-to-point radio and VSAT) with the figures remaining at 4,20,000.

 Wired subscriptions showed a minimal growth going up from 15.13 million to 15.15 million, registering a monthly growth rate of 0.16 per cent.

 The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) which based the figures on reports from service providers said Wireless subscribers with less than 1MB data usage in a month have not been considered as internet/broadband subscribers by Reliance Communication Group and Idea Cellular.

 As on 31 October, the top five Wired Broadband Service providers were BSNL (9.97 million), Bharti Airtel (1.40 million), MTNL (1.13 million), Beam Telecom (0.43 million) and YOU Broadband (0.41 million).

 The top five Wireless Broadband Service providers were Bharti Airtel (15.91 million), Vodafone (14.15 million), Idea Cellular (11.47 million), BSNL (9.16 million) and Reliance Communications Group (6.48 million).


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