The number of telephone subscribers in India increased to 926.53 million at the end of January, from 936.12 million at the end of December 2011, registering a growth rate of 1.04 percent, according to the Telecom Regularity Authority of India (Trai)'s latest report. With this, the overall teledensity in India reached 77.57, up from 76.86 in the previous month. Subscriptions in urban areas grew from 611.19 million at the end of December to 615.83 million in January and subscriptions in rural areas increased from 315.33 million to 320.29 million. The overall urban teledensity has marginally increased from 167.85 to 168.84 and rural teledensity increased from 37.48 to 38.04 in January. The total mobile subscriber base increased from 893.84 million to 903.73 million, registering growth of 1.11 percent. Private operators held 88.56 percent of the mobile market share while state-owned operators BSNL and MTNL held a 11.44 percent share of the mobile market. The fixed-line subscriber base declined from 32.69 million at the end of December to 32.39 million month later. BSNL and MTNL had a 80.91 percent share of the fixed market. Meanwhile, the broadband subscriber base increased from 13.30 million to 13.42 million, showing monthly growth of 0.90 percent.
Source: Telecom Paper.