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There are 143.20 mn internet subscribers through wireless phones : TRAI Q1 Report

Trai-logoTelecom Regulatory authority of India (TRAI) has recently announced its performance indicator report for Q1, 2013, nearly continuing with the last quarter trend.

Here are the key highlights from the report:

1) Total subscriber base: The total telephone subscribers in India registered a growth of 0.28% in quarter ending March 31,2013 leading to 898.02 million subscribers from 895.51 million in Q4,2012. This reflects year-on-year (Y-O-Y) negative growth of 5.61% over the same quarter of last year.

2) Wireless User base (GSM+CDMA): The quarter added 3.08 million subscribers, a growth of 0.36% over the previous quarter, reaching to 867.80 million user base from 864.72 million at the end of Dec-12, with Y-o-Y negative growth rate of 5.59%. However, the report does not discloses the number of active and unique mobile subscribers, which were 380 million in the previous quarter.

3) Internet and Broadband Reach:  As per the data collected, there were 143.20 million subscribers who accessed internet through wireless phones in Q1, 2013. Previously, in a report by  IAMAI and IMRB, number of mobile internet users was predicted to reach 164.8 million by march 2015. Although, the exact number of mobile internet users is not clear, it seems that the the number can be reached before 2015 only.

Internet subscribers other than these, registered a quarterly growth rate of 0.16% which is much less in comparison to Broadband subscribers growth of 0.45%. The overall composition of internet in Q1, 2013 is shown in chart below:


4) Traffic: On an all India average, The GSM service saw an increase of 6.28% over the previous quarter in overall MOU per subscriber per month. On the other hand, CDMA showed 19.50% increase for the similar quarter.

Traffic-MOU (1)

5) Average Revenue: If talked about the Monthly Average Revenue Per User (ARPU), for GSM it increased by 6.99% whereas CDMA saw a quarterly increase of 19.13%.

ARPU (1)

Just like the previous quarter report, the current report also highlights the opportunities in the rural sector. Though the wireless user base has shown a small increase in this quarter, the number of people accessing internet through wireless phones are still very less if compared globally. With the growth of internet penetration in the country and availability of cheaper smartphones, this number can thus be significantly increased in the coming future.

The complete report can be downloaded from here.

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