The above graph represents the number of Urban telephone subscribers in India by month. Out of the total telephone subscribers in India, nearly 56.9% are from Urban areas of the country. The Urban subscription increased from 674.66 million in May 2019 to 675.58 million in June 2019, with a monthly growth rate of 0.14%. This includes both wireless and wireline subscribers in India. The wireless segment contributed over 97% to the total urban telephone subscriptions in India.
|Source||Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)|
|Last Updated||28 August 2019|
|Duration||Jan 2011 – June 2019|
Wireless subscription in India’s urban areas increased a negligible 0.15% M-o-M, from 656.27 million in May 2019 to 657.27 million in June 2019.
While the wireline subscription in India’s urban areas declined from 18.39 million to 18.31 million during the same period.
It is important to note that over 56.4% of the total mobile phone subscribers in India belong to Urban areas. Rest mobile subscribers live in rural areas of India. On the other hand, over 86.5% of the total number of wireline telephone subscribers in India belong to Urban areas.
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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