India’s Q2 mobile growth slows to 1%

India’s Q2 mobile growth slows to 1%

10 NOV 2014

India’s operators added just 10 million mobile users in Q2 and now have a total of 915 million connections, according to the Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRAI) of India.

Mobile growth slowed to 1.2 per cent from Q1, compared to a year-on-year growth rate of 4.76 per cent.

India’s fixed-line connections actually dropped by 500,000 to 28 million.

The country’s tele-density increased slightly to 75.8 per cent.

The number of internet subscribers expanded 3 per cent in the April-June period to 259 million.

ARPU for GSM operators rose 5.3 per cent during the quarter to INR119 ($1.94) and CDMA ARPU increased 6.7 per cent to INR113 ($1.84).

TRAI said the country’s license fees increased 6.6 per cent to INR35 billion ($570 million) from the previous quarter.

According to GSMA Intelligence, India has 13 mobile operators and 70 per cent SIM penetration. The country has a population of 1.3 billion people and 95 per cent of mobile connections are prepaid. Just 7 per cent of connections are 3G, but the 3G market is growing at 45 per cent annually.

GSMA Intelligence states Bharti Airtel is the market leader with a 23 per cent market share (211 million connections), followed by Vodafone India with a 19 per cent share (174 million connections).

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Joseph Waring

Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he...

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