The above graph represents the total number of broadband subscribers in India by month. Out of the total telephone subscribers in India, nearly 56.5% of them use broadband, on a monthly basis. The broadband subscriber base in India increased from 661.27 million in November 2019 to 661.94 million in December 2019, with a monthly growth rate of 0.10%. On a yearly basis, it’s an appreciable 27.7% increase in India’s broadband subscriber count. These data are derived from the reports received from 341 operators in the month of December 2019.
|Source||Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)|
|Duration||Jan 2009 – May 2020|
NOTE: From December 2013, TRAI stated reporting the segment wise broadband subscribers in India. Before that (From January 2009 to November 2013), the total broadband subscriber base includes only “Wireline”.
Interestingly, July 2019 was the first time when the total broadband subscribers in India crossed the 600-million mark.
It was April 2015 when the total number of broadband subscribers in India crossed the 100-million mark for the first time. In just one and a half years, the subscribers count increased to 218.42 million.
One must note that November 2018 was the first time when the total number of India’s broadband subscribers crossed the 500-million mark. The subscriber base increased from 496.12 million in October 2018 to 511.90 million in November 2018, showing a growth rate of 3.18% on a month-on-month basis.
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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