Business & Economy

Telephone subscriber base grows by 2.72 % to 671.69 million

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, July 23, 2010

The number of telephone subscribers in India has grown by 2.72 per cent from 653.92 million in May 2010 to 671.69 million at the end of June, data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

The wireline subscriber base has increased from 617.53 million in May to 635.51 million at the end of June for a growth of 2.91 per cent.

While the overall teledensity in India has reached 56.83, the wireless teledensity stood at 53.77, it said.

According to the statement, the wireline subscriber base has, however, declined from 36.39 million in May to 36.18 million at the end of June. The public sector Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) hold 84.09 per cent of the wireline market share. The overall wireline teledensity is 3.06, it said.

The total broadband subscriber base has increased from 9.24 million in May this year to 9.45 million in June, thereby showing a growth of 2.27 per cent during this period, the statement added.