New Delhi : The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released the highlights for telecom subscription data for the month of May. It has been noted that the total number of telephone subscribers has now reached 1204.98 million out of which 1180.82 million are wireless subscriptions and 24.16 million are wireline, indicating the ever increasing demand for wireless telephone connections. The number of active wireline subscriptions stood at 1019.55 million.
The wireless broadband service also holds a major share with 273.38 million subscribers as compared to 18.23 million wireline subscribers of the total 291.61 million broadband subscribers.
The total number of telephone subscribers in India has seen a growth from 1198.89 million in April’17 to 1204.98 million in May’17 showing a monthly growth rate of 0.51 per cent. Rural subscription is growing at a steady rate rising from 502.90 million to 507.92 million during the same period growing at 1 per cent.
The telephone density in India is recorded at 93.61 per cent with Delhi holding the highest share among all the states in the country.
The wireless subscription in urban areas increased from 675.48 million at the end of Apr’17 to 676.65 million at the end of May’17; wireless subscription in rural areas also increased from 499.12 million to 504.18 million during the same period. The monthly growth rates of urban and rural wireless subscription were 0.17 per cent and 1.01 per cent, respectively.
As of May 31, 2017, the private access service providers held 90.96 per cent market share of the wireless subscribers whereas BSNL and MTNL, the two PSU access service providers, had a market share of only 9.04 per cent. Here’s a look at the graph of service providers and their share in the market.