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Wired broadband sector adds 3.9 lakh users in October

Wireless broadband is doing very well with users reaching 712.67 million

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KOLKATA: As the number of internet users in India is reaching new levels gradually, having crossed 700 million in 2020, the home broadband sector also continues to grow. The sector has reached 21.51 million subscribers in October, albeit accounting for a meagre share of the overall base yet. According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) report, the wired broadband segment has added 3.9 lakh new users in the month. But overall the  total number of broadband users has gone up from 726.32 million to 734.82 million subscribers in October; with mobile device users totting up  to 712.67 million, registering  1.15 per cent growth.

The top five wired broadband service providers were BSNL, Bharti Airtel, Atria Convergence Technologies (ACT), Jio , Hathway. The state- run broadband service provider BSNL has lost 5 lakhs users.

(Source: TRAI) 

Among other services, Jio has added highest users in the month to reach 1.70 million by adding 1.8 lakh users. Jio Fiber added most wired broadband subscribers in September too. Bharti Airtel’s home broadband service also expanded its market share by adding 70,000 subscribers. While the deep-pocketedplayers keep expanding their footprints, other players like ACT, Hathway have not been able to add significant users in the month. However, ACT has witnessed decent growth in 2020.

A recent report from Motilal Oswal highlighted that the  home broadband subscriber growth has been modest in the past five years, with annual CAGR of just five per cent. But the financial firm  added that the segment has a minuscule $2 billion market size, accounting for only nine per cent share of the country’s Rs 1.7 trillion wireless market.

“It has largely been an urban product, with low penetration of seven per cent – due to limited network connectivity with just 80–100m estimated home passes – which has restricted subscriber growth. This has given way to increased wireless consumption in India, which has a far easier and convenient installation/activation,” it added.

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