Mobile subscribers continue to contribute to broadband growth in the country

NEW DELHI: Thanks to a growth of 5.16 per cent among mobile device users (phones and dongles) during December 2014, there was a growth of 4.28 per cent with the number of broadband subscribers increasing from 82.22 million at the end of November 2014 to 85.74 million at the end of December 2014.

The subscribers of mobile subscribers grew from 66.56 million to 69.99 million, according to a report by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India ITRAI) based on inputs by service providers.

There was a minimal growth of 0.56 per cent from 15.23 million to 15.32 million amongst wired subscribers, while the number of fixed wireless subscribers remained static at 430,000.

The top five service providers constituted 87.24 per cent market share of total broadband subscribers at the end of December 2014. These service providers were Bharti Airtel (19.19 million), BSNL (18.90 million), Vodafone (16.65 million), Idea Cellular (12.95 million) and Reliance Communications Group (7.11 million).

(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 December 2014, the top five Wired Broadband Service providers were BSNL (9.98 million), Bharti Airtel (1.41 million), MTNL (1.13 million), Atria Convergence Technologies (0.61 million) and YOU Broadband (0.42 million).

The top five Wireless Broadband Service providers were Bharti Airtel (17.78 million), Vodafone (16.64 million), Idea Cellular (12.95 million), BSNL (8.92 million) and Reliance Communications Group (7.00 million). 

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