The above graph represents the number of Urban telephone subscribers in India by month. Out of the total telephone subscribers in India, approximately 57% are from Urban areas of the country. The Urban subscription in India declined from 665.99 million in November 2019 to 662.45 million in December 2019. That represents a monthly decline of 0.53%. This includes both wireless and wireline subscribers in India.
|Source||Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)|
|Duration||Jan 2011 – December 2019|
Wireless subscriptions in India’s urban areas declined 0.52% M-o-M, to 643.97 million in December 2019. While the wireline subscription in India’s urban areas declined 0.97% M-o-M, to 18.47 million during the same period.
It is important to note that over 55.9% of the total mobile phone subscribers in India belong to Urban areas as of December 2019. Rest mobile subscribers live in rural areas of India. On the other hand, over 87.95% of the total number of wireline telephone subscribers in India belong to Urban areas.
It was August 2017 when the Urban wireless telephone subscribers in India reached an all-time high of 687.14 million. About 4.45 million new subscribers from urban India were added in the month of August.
While the total number of Urban wireline telephone subscribers in India was highest in January 2011. Since then, it’s been declining by each passing month.
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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