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Wired broadband subscriber base sees turnaround in March; ACT keeps expanding

Wired subscriber base has increased by 0.51 per cent reaching 19.18 mn

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KOLKATA: The number of broadband subscribers reached 687.44 million at the end of March with a monthly growth rate of 0.93 per cent, slower rate compared to February. While it stood at 681.11 million at the end of February, it grew at 1.15 per cent that month. Surprisingly, fixed wireless subscribers have jumped up by 2.48 per cent whereas it fell by 1.72 per cent in February. Wired subscriber base has also increased by 0.51 per cent in contrast to a negative trend in the previous month.  

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released the telecom subscription data as on March 2020. As per the report, the top five service providers constituted 98.99 per cent market share of the total broadband subscribers at the end of March. These service providers were Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (388.39 million), Bharti Airtel (148.57 million), Vodafone Idea (117.45 million), BSNL (24.50 million) and Atria Convergence (1.61 million).

As on 31 March, the top five Wired Broadband Service providers were BSNL (8.08 million), Bharti Airtel (2.47 million), Atria Convergence Technologies I.e, ACT (1.61 million), Hathway Cable & Datacom (0.97 million) and Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (0.87 million). Notably, Atria has been on an upward ride until the beginning of this year. At the end of last December, its subscriber base was at 1.52 million.

Source: TRAI

While fixed-line broadband sector was struggling to get new subscribers for the last few years, especially due to surge of high-speed low-cost data offered by telco operators, a Crisil report spoke of a spike in fixed broadband subscriptions since 25 March. While the report has predicted a huge growth, TRAI’s April data will be able to show actual numbers based on reports from operators.

As on 31 March 2020, the top five Wireless Broadband Service providers were Reliance Jio Infocom Ltd (387.52 million), Bharti Airtel (146.10 million), Vodafone Idea (117.43 million), BSNL (16.43 million) and MTNL (0.18 million). 

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