Mobile growth offsets fixed line dip

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The gross addition of mobile and fixed line subscribers in the first four months of FY 2006 is 18.77 million compared to 8.88 million during the corresponding period in the previous year.

New Delhi, Aug. 10

Growth in the telephone subscriber base continued inJuly with 5.22 million new users being added. While it was good news for mobile operators who added 5.28 million new subscribers in July, fixed line subscribers declined by 0.06 million.

ByJuly end, total fixed line user base was at 47.36 million and the number of mobile users at 111.23 million, according to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. The total telephony subscribers reached 158.59 million by July end compared to 153.37 million in June . The tele-density reached 14.40 at the end of July compared to 13.95 at the end of June .

In mobile segment, 18.19 million new subscribers have been added during first four months of the current financial year compared to 7.62 million in the corresponding period of FY 2005-06. The additions of fixed line telephony subscriber is only 0.58 million for the four months of FY 2006-07 compared to 1.26 million during the corresponding period in the previous year. The gross addition of mobile and fixed line subscribers in the four months of FY 2006 is 18.77 million compared to 8.88 million during the corresponding period in the previous year.

Broadband connections

Broadband connections have also continued the steady growth rate since the beginning of 2006. ByJuly end, total broadband connections in the country reached 1.70 million with a net addition of 0.15 million during July . There has been an addition of 0.35 million in the first four months of this fiscal compared to 0.25 million during the corresponding period in the previous financial year.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated August 11, 2006)
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