TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) today released the “Indian Telecom Services Performance Indicator Report” for the Quarter ending March 2012. The Report provides a broad perspective of the Telecom Services and presents the key parameters and growth trends for the Telecom Services as well as Cable TV, DTH & Radio Broadcasting services in India for the period January to March 2012, and is compiled on the basis of information furnished by the Service Providers.
Highlights from the report include:
1. The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 926.53 million at the end of Dec-11 to 951.34 million at the end of Mar-12, registering a growth of 2.68% over the previous quarter as against 2.16% during the QE Dec-11. This reflects year-on-year (Y-O-Y) growth of 12.41% over the same quarter of last year. The overall Tele-density in India has reached 78.66 as on 31st March, 2012.
2. Subscription in Urban Areas grew from 611.19 million at the end of Dec-11 to 620.52 million at the end of Mar-12 while rural subscription increased from 315.33 million to 330.82 million
3. Hardline telephone subscriber (Wireline) base further declined from 32.69 million at the end of Dec-11 to 32.17 million at the end of Mar-12. In contrast, total wireless (GSM + CDMA) subscriber base registered a growth of 2.83% over the previous quarter and increased from 893.84 million at the end of Dec-11 to 919.17 million at the end of Mar-12 with 25.33 million net additions during the quarter.
4. Internet subscribers increased from 22.39 million at the end of Dec-11 to 22.86 million at the end of Mar-12, registering a quarterly growth rate of 2.10%. Top 10 ISPs together hold 94.94% of the total Internet subscriber base.
5. At the end of Mar-12, total number of permitted private satellite TV channels registered with Ministry of I&B, as obtained from its website, is 831. There are 168 pay TV channels in existence, as reported by 26 broadcasters/their distributors, as on QE Mar-12.
6. Apart from All India Radio, Prasar Bharti – a public broadcaster, there are 245 private FM Radio stations in operation at the end of Mar-12.
The complete Report is available on TRAI’s website www.trai.gov.in.