Monday, March 07, 2011

India - Mobile subscriber number greatly changed by measuring "active" subscribers

[economic times] Videocon lost more than 1 million subscribers, while Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications and Vodafone Essar added 3 million subscribers each in January this year, the Indian telecom regulator said on Friday.

More than 71% of mobile subscribers in India are active users, data revealed by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, or Trai, in January. Around 548.66 million people were using mobile phones of the total subscriber base of 771 million mobile subscribers.

Bharti Airtel had the highest ratio of active subscribers compared to its total subscriber base at 92.63%, followed by Idea Cellular with 90.34% but Etisalat showed the lowest ratio of 33.55%.

Bharti Airtel also continued to lead the industry, grabbing more than one-fifth of the market share. RCOM and Vodafone Essar were the second and third largest telcos as of January-end. BSNL was the only public telco to have a market share of more than 11.6%.

Jammu & Kashmir has the highest proportion of active subscribers at 81.26% followed by Assam with more than 81% and Maharashtra at 77.58%. In contrast, the financial capital Mumbai has the lowest proportion of active mobile users with nearly 60%.

71% mobile users active in January

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