The above graph represents the monthly growth in the total number of telephone subscribers in India by month. The number of telephone subscribers in India declined 2.4% M-o-M in November 2019, totalling 1175.88 million – the lowest in the last 16 months. That’s the loss of approximately 28.97 million subscriber base in just one month.
|Source||Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)|
|Duration||Jan 2009 – November 2019|
The total telecom subscribers include the wireless and wireline subscribers in India.
It was the first time in September 2009 when the total number of telecom subscribers crossed 500 million mark. The subscriber count increased from 400 million in January 2009 to over 509 million in September 2009.
Surprisingly, India took almost 6 years to touch another milestone of 1,000 million telephone subscribers. In May 2015, India achieved 1 billion or 1000 million telecom subscribers milestone, as per TRAI data. The total subscribers count increased from 938.34 million in May 2014 to 1,002.05 million in May 2015.
In June 2017, the telecom subscribers count in India reached an all-time high of 1,210.84 million. However, it started declining from the following month itself.
India’s Telecom Industry: Additional Information
India is currently the second-largest country in the world in terms of the number number of mobile subscribers and internet users. While the penetration of internet users in India is still moderate, mobile phone subscribers have almost hit the saturation point with 80% penetration.
The Telecom industry in India is going through consolidation after the debut of Reliance Jio. The government-backed BSNL is struggling and is almost on the verge of collapsing. On the other hand, in order to compete with Reliance Jio that has taken the industry by the storm with its future-ready network, all the top players have shaken hands.
Airtel and Tata Docomo merger paved the way for other companies struggling with declining ARPU and mobile subscriber base. Soon, Vodafone and Idea followed the footmarks and merged together to become the largest telecom provider in India. The celebration, however, was short-lived as Reliance Jio leapfrogged Vodafone Idea by the end of June 2019.
The telecom market in India is divided into three segments – wireless, wireline and internet services.
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