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Exclusive: In the nation, the number of subscribers to wired broadband is growing more quickly than that of wireless broadband.

Wired Broadband subscriber base is increasing at a faster pace in India

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has published the latest telecom subscription data for the month of June 2020. As per the latest report, the wired broadband subscriber base is increasing at a faster pace than wireless broadband in the country.

The total number of wired broadband subscribers has increased from 19.38 million at the end of May 2020 to 19.82 million at the end of June 2020 with a monthly growth rate of 2.29% whereas the growth rate of wireless broadband subscriber base was 2.23% only. The same trend was seen in the previous month (May 2020) also where the growth rate of the wired broadband subscriber base was 1.88% as compared to 1.13% for the wireless broadband subscriber base.

Broadband Statistics

With a monthly growth rate of 2.11%, the number of broadband users climbed from 683.77 million at the end of May 2020 to 698.23 million at the end of June 2020. At the end of June 2020, the top five service providers held a 98.93% market share of all broadband subscribers. These companies offered services in:

  1. Reliance Jio

InfoComm Ltd (398.31 million)

  1. Bharti Airtel (151.30 million)
  2. Vodafone Idea (116.45 million)
  3. BSNL (23 million)
  4. Atria

Convergence (1.68 million)

We can see that the rise in India’s wired broadband sector is occurring at a quicker pace from March 2020 onward when we examine the segment-wise broadband subscriber base starting in January 2020. This trend may be related to the Covid-19 pandemic issue. High speed internet access has become a need for day-to-day life and education since the Covid-19 epidemic. As we can see, for their demands related to online learning, work from home, and business, the majority of individuals are now choosing wired broadband access, ideally fiber broadband (FTTH).

Top Five Wired Broadband Service providers as on 30th June 2020

  1. BSNL (7.90 million)
  2. Bharti Airtel (2.47 million)
  3. Atria Convergence Technologies (1.68 million)
  4. Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (1.06 million)
  5. Hathway Cable & Datacom (0.99 million)

Top Five Wireless Broadband Service providers as on 30th June 2020

  1. Reliance Jio Infocom Ltd (397.25 million)
  2. Bharti Airtel (148.84 million)
  3. Vodafone Idea (116.44 million)
  4. BSNL (15.10 million)
  5. MTNL (0.16 million)

Wireline Subscribers Statistics

There were 19.81 million wireline users at the end of June 2020, an increase from 19.77 million at the end of May 2020. The number of wireline customers increased by a net 0.04 million, or 0.22%, on a monthly basis. There were 1.47 total wireline teledensities by the end of June 2020, up from 1.46 at the end of May 2020. Two PSU access service providers, BSNL and MTNL, have 56.84% of the wireline market share as of June 30, 2020.

Wireless Subscribers Statistics

Total wireless subscribers (2G, 3G, and 4G) decreased from 1,143,91 million at the end of May 2020 to 1,140,71 million at the end of June 2020, representing a monthly loss rate of 0.28%. India’s wireless tele-density has decreased from 84.69 at the end of May 2020 to 84.38 at the end of June 2020.

The market share of wireless customers owned by the private access service providers as of June 30, 2020 was 89.33%, while that of the two PSU access service providers, BSNL and MTNL, was just 10.67%.

Growth in Wireless Subscribers

Most of the service areas showed decline except Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal, Jammu & Kashmir, Gujarat U.P.(E), Maharashtra and North East in their wireless subscribers during the month of June-2020. Kerala service area showed maximum growth of 0.80% in its wireless subscriber base during the month.

With the exception of Reliance Jio, all cellular carriers’ growth rates declined in June 2020. Reliance Jio was able to attract 44.99 lakh new mobile users in June 2020, which resulted in a 1.5% monthly growth rate.

Following BSNL, Bharati Airtel, MTNL, and Reliance Communications in terms of the most loss of current customers nationwide during the month of June 2020 was Vodafone Idea, which lost 48.2 lakh of them nationwide. There were 1,160.52 million telephone users in India at the end of June 20 compared to 1,163.67 million at the end of May 20. This represents a monthly fall rate of 0.27%. From 86.15 at the end of May 20 to 85.85 at the end of June 20, India’s total tele-density fell.

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Written by Shallu Srivastav

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As Per Latest Information the Wired Broadband subscriber base is increasing rapidly in India.