Private broadband players on growth trajectory as BSNL, MTNL slide

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MUMBAI: The three private broadband service providers continued to register growth in subscribers in November even as the downward slide of state-owned BSNL and MTNL continues unabated.

The drip in BSNL and MTNL’s broadband subscriber is pulling down the growth of the overall wired broadband segment.

In November, the total wired subscriber base fell 0.71% to 17.85 million compared to 17.98 million in October, according to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) Telecom Subscription Data report. The wired broadband subscriber base had dipped 0.32% to 17.98 million in October.

As on 30 November 2017, the top five Wired Broadband Service providers were BSNL (9.43 million), Bharti Airtel (2.14 million), Atria Convergence Technologies (1.27 million), MTNL (0.92 million) and Hathway Cable & Datacom (0.69 million).

In October, the subscriber base of the top 5 service provider stood at BSNL (9.48 million), Bharti Airtel (2.13 million), Atria Convergence Technologies (1.26 million), MTNL (0.94 million) and Hathway Cable & Datacom (0.68 million).

Meanwhile, the number of broadband subscribers 3.1% to 350.70 million at the end of November 2017 compared to 340.16 million at the end of October 2017, as per the reports received from the service providers.

Top five service providers constituted 92.92% market share of the total broadband subscribers. These service providers were Reliance Jio Infocomm (152.08 million), Bharti Airtel (69.38 million), Vodafone (50.16 million), Idea Cellular (32.90 million) and BSNL (21.37 million).

The top five Wireless Broadband Service providers were Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (152.08 million), Bharti Airtel (67.24 million), Vodafone (50.15 million), Idea Cellular (32.90 million) and BSNL (11.94 million).


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