Every day we read and hear from various sources on how India has a large base of mobile phone users. Well, the fact is proven now as according to a recent official data released on Monday, India with 1.2 billion people, now has 851.7 million mobile phone subscribers, with 11.41 million connections added in June itself.
According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the wireless user base grew 1.36 percent, from 840.28 million in May. The data revealed that the broadband subscriber base grew 1.64 percent from 12.12 million in May to 12.32 million in June 2011.
Therefore the total number of telephone subscriber base touched 885.99 million, registering a substantial growth of 1.29 percent.
“However, of the total 851.70 million wireless subscribers in March, only 594.77 million were active subscribers on the date of peak visitor location register (VLR). VLR is an impermanent database of the subscribers who have roamed into the particular area which it serves. Each base station in the network is served by exactly one VLR, hence a subscriber cannot be present in more than one VLR at a time,” —-IANS
So what is causing such a mammoth rise in mobile phone usage in India? According to Parul Mehta, Senior Executive at Micromax the availability of cheap handsets and affordable calling plans has ensured that everyone owns a handset. “Especially in smaller towns and rural areas where landlines is still scarce, mobile phones have come as a savior”, she added.
This could be true as since the divide of urban subscribers declined to 66 percent from 66.02 percent, the share of rural subscribers slightly increased from 33.98 percent to 34 percent, the report revealed.
So who are the leading service providers? The growth in this category was initiated by telecom ruler Bharti Airtel, which added 2.12 million users to take its subscriber base to 169.19 million users. Reliance Communications followed next with an addition of 2.1 million new subscribers, taking its subscriber base to 143.27 million. Vodafone added 2.1 million subscribers to take its total number of customers to 141.5 million. Idea Cellular added 1.36 million subscribers, increasing its subscribers count to 95.1 million while Uninor added 9,43,924 million subscribers to have 26.33 million subscribers.
Do you think figures will increase in the next couple of months or has the market for mobile phones will soon hit saturation point?