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India's telecom subscriber base crosses 479 mn

IANS  New Delhi, August 20, 2009
First Published: 20:18 IST(20/8/2009) | Last Updated: 20:21 IST(20/8/2009)

India's telecom subscriber base increased to 479.07 million at the end of July from 464.82 million a month before, according to official data released in New Delhi on Thursday.


The data released by the sectoral watchdog, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), said the overall teledensity in the country reached 41.08 per cent in the period under review.

Wireless subscriber base increased from 427.28 million to 441.66 million, registering a growth of 3.36 per cent, while wireless teledensity stood at 37.87.

However, the wireline subscriber base declined from 37.54 million to 37.41 million in July.

State-run telecom operators Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagr Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) own 85.99 per cent of the market share.

While major private wireline service providers have increased their subscriber base, BSNL and MTNL lost 0.17 million subscribers, TRAI said.

The wireline teledensity stood at 3.21 at July-end. Total broadband subscriber base increased to 6.8 million from 6.62 million, a growth of 2.7 per cent.

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