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India’s broadband subs grew 10.21% to 94.49 mn in Jan

MUMBAI: India’s broadband subscribers increased 10.21 per cent to 94.49 million at the end of 31 January 2015 from 85.74 million at the end of 31 December 2014, according to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) telecom subscription data for January.

Mobile devices (phones and dongles) users grew the fastest at 12.38 per cent to 78.66 million in January, compared to 69.99 million in December. Fixed wireless subscribers (Wi-Fi, Wi-Max, point-to-point radio & VSAT) witnessed a modest growth of 1.59 per cent to 0.44 million from 0.43 million. The wired subscriber base increased 0.49 per cent to 15.32 million from 15.39 million.

The top five service providers constituted 83.41 per cent market share of total broadband subscribers. These service providers were Bharti Airtel (20.29 million), BSNL (19.07 million), Vodafone (17.86 million), Idea Cellular (14.12 million), and Reliance Communications Group (7.47 million).

The top five wired broadband service providers were BSNL (9.98 million), Bharti Airtel (1.42 million), MTNL (1.14 million), Atria Convergence Technologies (0.63 million), and You Broadband (0.43 million).

The top five wireless broadband service providers were Bharti Airtel (18.87 million), Vodafone (17.86 million), Idea Cellular (14.12 million), BSNL (9.09 million), and Reliance Communications Group (7.36 million).