iWorld

Airtel led broadband subscriber growth in Jan-19

Broadband subscribers grew by 2.149 crore in Jan-19.

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2019/03/22/airtel.jpg?itok=zBUcB5sc

BENGALURU: The Sunil Mittal-promoted Bharti Airtel Ltd (Airtel) led broadband subscriber growth, both wired as well as wired internet, for the month ended 31 January 2019 (1 January 2019 to 31 January 2019, Jan-19) according to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) data for the period. In Jan-19, Airtel added 0.997 crore (9.97 million, 99.7 lakh) wireless subscribers, hence upstaging the Mukesh Ambani’s juggernaut Reliance JioInfocomm (Jio) which added 0.932 crore (9.32 crore, 93.2 lakh) subscribers in Jan-19. Airtel also added 30,000 or about 30 percent to the growth of 1,00,000 in wired broadband internet subscribers Jan-19.

Overall, the number of broadband subscribers grew by 2.149 crore (21.49 million, 214.9 lakh) in Jan-19, much higher than the 1.532 crore (15.32 million, 153.2 lakh) subscribers that were added in Jan-18, and even higher than the 2.054 crore (20.54 million, 205.4 lakh) subscribers added in Mar-18, the month which saw the highest number of subscribers added in any month in 2018. In percentage terms, India’s broadband subscriber base grew by 4.1 percent in Jan-19 to reach 54.004 crore (540.04 million, 5,400.4 lakh) from 51.855 crore (518.55 million, 5185.5 lakh) in Dec-18.

In Jan-19, wireless broadband internet subscribers constituted about 96.5 percent of the broadband internet services base in India, followed by wired broadband internet services (3.4 percent) and Fixed Wireless subscribers (Wi-Fi, Wi-Max, Point-to- Point Radio & VSAT) at about 0.1 percent. While the subscriber base of the former two grew in Jan-19, in the case of Fixed Wireless subscribers (Wi-Fi, Wi-Max, Point-to- Point Radio & VSAT) the base declined by about 10,000 .

Please refer to the figures below:

In Jan-19, the top five service providers constituted 98.63 percent market share of the total broadband subscribers at the end of Jan-19. These service providers were Jio 28.994 crore (289.94 million, 2,899.4 lakh), Airtel 11.025 crore (110.25 million, 1,102.5 lakh), Vodafone Idea 10.986 crore (109.86 million, 1,098.6 lakh), BSNL 2.081 crore (20.81 million, 208.1 lakh) and Tata Tele group 0.226 crore (2.26 million, 22.6 lakh).

Wireless broadband internet – mobile device users (phones and dongles)

As mentioned above, India’s wireless broadband internet services have been leading broadband internet subscriber base as well as subscriber growth in the country  - wireless broadband internet subscriber base grew 4.28 percent in Jan-19 to reach 52.135 crore (521.35 million, 5213.5 lakh) from 49.995 crore (499.95 million, 4999.5 lakh) at the end of Dec-18.

As on 31 January, 2019, the top five wireless broadband service providers were Jio  28.944 crore (289.44 million, 2,894.4 lakh), Vodafone Idea 10.984 crore (109.84 million, 1,098.4 lakh), Airtel  10.796 crore (107.96 million, 1,079.6 lakh), BSNL 1.164 crore (11.64 million, 116.4 lakh) and Tata Teleservices 0.179 crore (1.79 million, 17.9 lakh).

Wired broadband internet

Also, as mentioned above, India’s wired broadband internet subscribers grew by 1,00,000 (0.56 percent) in Jan-19. There were 1.827 crore (18.27 million, 182.7 lakh) wired broadband internet subscribers in the period under consideration as compared to 1.817 crore 18.17 million, 181.7 lakh) in the previous month, Dec-18.

As on 31 January, 2019, the top five wired broadband service providers were BSNL 0.917 crore (9.17 million), 91.7 lakh, Bharti Airtel 0.23 crore (2.30 million, 23 lakh), Atria Convergence Technologies (ACT) 0.14 crore (1.40 million, 14 lakh), Hathway Cable & Datacom (Hathway) 0.079 crore  (0.79 million, 7.9 lakh) and MTNL 0.077 crore  (0.77 million, 7.7 lakh).

While the public sector BSNL’s subscriber base remained stagnant, its smaller public sector sibling MTNL lost 10,000 subscribers, as well its fourth rank in terms of number of wired broadband subscribers in Jan-19 to Hathway which had added 10,000 subscribers in the same period. The other player – ACT also added 10,000 subscribers in Jan-19.
 

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/07/19/mx-player.jpg?itok=uUGfyoh6
MX Player now on Amazon Fire TV Stick and Android TV

MUMBAI: Emerging as the one-stop-shop for all things entertainment, MX Player – India’s leading streaming platform is now going beyond your mobile phones and will feature on Amazon Fire TV Stick and Android TV.  The entertainment app offers viewers an online content library with multi-genre and...

iWorld Over The Top Services
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/07/19/sonyliv.jpg?itok=vFmUMLAY
Globally acclaimed sitcom ‘Community’ now live on SonyLIV

MUMBAI: Looking for a new show to add to your watchlist, this monsoon? How about a sitcom that will tickle your funny bone and get you on a binge-watch spree? SonyLIV, India’s first premium video on demand (VOD) platform brings you 6 seasons of the cult American comedy series -Community. Rated 8.5...

iWorld Over The Top Services
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/07/19/voot.jpg?itok=pMTL_ZkQ
Viacom18’s Tanya Bami steps down as head Voot Originals & VP content

Viacom Digital Ventures' Tanya Bami has resigned from her role as head of Voot Originals and vice president content. Bami is expected to be at the company for a couple of months to serve her notice period. The veteran media executive joined Voot in November 2015 from Zee Entertainment Enterprises...

iWorld Over The Top Services
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/07/19/Reed-Hastings.jpg?itok=IZbtYoLI
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings on global opportunity, subscriber addition and competition

With Disney all set to enter the direct-to-consumer business with its streaming app, Netflix missing its subscriber addition forecast globally along with losing subscribers in the domestic market is likely to be trouble. Although stocks of the FANG company stumbled as an aftermath of the Q2 result...

iWorld Over The Top Services
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/07/18/amazon.jpg?itok=NYuZT_0E
Prime Day 2019 was the biggest two-day celebration ever for Prime members in India

MUMBAI: Prime members in India joined members in 17 countries celebrating Prime Day, enjoying the best of shopping, savings and entertainment. Following the epic two-day event with thousands of deals just for Prime members, sales surpassed the previous Prime Day and any other two-day period making...

iWorld Over The Top Services
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/07/18/matru.jpg?itok=CVUD4rSG
Regional content start-up Matrubharti enters video streaming space

Matrubharti, a vernacular content start-up which has been providing a curated platform for content creators to publish ebooks and snackable social media content in regional languages such as Hindi, Gujarati and Marathi besides English, has today announced that it has diversified its content...

iWorld Video On Demand
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/07/18/ALL.jpg?itok=msTEGCKi
Netflix confirms Q3 roll-out of lower-priced mobile-screen plan for India

Finally taking note of the price-sensitive Indian market, streaming giant Netflix has decided to roll out a lower-priced mobile screen plan in India. Netflix sees the new plan, which will launch in Q3, as an effective measure to expand its business in India. Earlier, the streaming platform...

iWorld Over The Top Services
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/07/18/netflix.jpg?itok=aH4v--jW
Netflix's first domestic subscriber loss in 8 years; misses international addition estimate

The streaming giant Netflix witnessed domestic subscriber loss for the first time in the last eight years since it separated its DVD mail-order system and streaming platform.. In the second quarter (Q2) of 2019, Netflix also added nearly 2 million fewer international customers than expected.

iWorld Over The Top Services
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/07/17/sonyliv.jpg?itok=6A03BZGt
SonyLIV and Amazon Pay partner to offer a convenient and easy digital payment option for viewers

MUMBAI: In its efforts to make payment getaways more convenient for consumers, SonyLIV, India’s first premium video on demand (VOD) platform, has partnered with Amazon Pay, adding another secure payment option on its platform. While the service is already available for the subscribers, the cashback...

iWorld Over The Top Services

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories