The above graph represents the number of rural telephone subscribers in India by month. Over 43% of India’s total telephone subscriber base belong to rural areas. The rural subscription increased from 508.49 million in May 2019 to 511.05 million in June 2019. That’s representing 0.5% M-oM growth. However, it’s showing a nearly 1% YoY decline when the rural subscriber base was 516.13 million in June 2018.

RegionIndia
SourceTelecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)
Last Updated28 August 2019
Graph Id447
DurationJan 2011 – June 2019

The total telecom subscribers include the wireless and wireline subscribers in India.

The wireless/mobile subscribers in India’s rural areas increased from 505.59 million in May 2019 to 508.19 million in June 2019. However, it’s a nearly 1% YoY decline from June 2018 when the mobile subscriber count in rural areas was 512.89 million.

On the other hand, the wireline subscribers in rural areas declined from 3.24 million June 2018 to 2.85 June 2019, representing a notable 12% YoY decline.

It is important to note that March 2017 was the very first time when the total number of rural telephone subscribers in India crossed the 500-million mark. Nearly 52.45 million new subscribers were added between March 2016 and 2017.

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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