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India adds 51.18 mn mobile users in Apr-June quarter: TRAI

india Updated: Oct 05, 2010 22:09 IST

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The country added a whopping 51.18 million mobile users during the quarter ended June 30 this year, taking the wireless subscriber base to 635.51 million.

The wireless (GSM and CDMA) user base grew by 8.76 per cent during the April-June quarter of this year to 635.51 million from 584.32 million in the preceding quarter, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said in a statement.

The total telecom subscriber base (wireline and wireless) touched 671.69 million for the quarter ended June this year from 621.28 million in the quarter ended March, registering an increase of 8.1 per cent.

The overall tele-density (number of telephones per 100 people) for the quarter ended June reached 56.83, TRAI said.

However, the all-India blended Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) per month for the GSM segment (full mobility) decreased by 7 per cent to Rs 122 in June from Rs 131 in March, while the ARPU for the CDMA segment during the same period dipped three per cent to Rs 74 from Rs 76.

Subscriber base of wireline service has declined from 36.96 million (in March quarter) to 36.18 million at the end of June, 2010, taking the wireline tele-density to 3.06.

During the April-June quarter, subscription in urban areas increased to 452.59 million, while rural subscription grew to 219.09 million, taking the tele-density in these areas to 128.20 and 26.43, respectively.

The total Internet subscriber base reached 16.72 million for the April-June quarter from 16.18 million in the previous quarter, registering an increase of about 3.33 per cent.

Share of Broadband subscription in total Internet subscription increased to 56.7 per cent in April-June with 9.47 million subscribers, it said.

Earlier, TRAI said in August the country added 18.18 million subscribers this year, taking the total number of mobile users in India to 670.60 million.

According to data released by the telecom regulator, the wireless subscriber base increased from 652.42 million in July, 2010, to 670.60 million by the end of August, 2010, translating into a growth of 2.79 per cent.

The total number of telephone subscribers (both mobile and landline) in India increased to 706.37 million by August-end from 688.38 million in July, it added.

With this, the overall teledensity (telephones per 100 people) in India touched 59.63 per cent.