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India’s broadband user count crosses 100 million

OUR BUREAU Mumbai | Updated on January 23, 2018 Published on May 22, 2015

The growth came in from across the segments such as wired subscribers, mobile device users (phones and dongles) and fixed wireless subscribers



India’s broadband subscriber base – both wireless and wireline users – have crossed the 100-million mark in May, riding on the rise in usage of data services.

The broadband subscriber base has been growing at an average of 2 per cent per month, according to industry sources.

Segments of growth

The growth came in from across the segments such as wired subscribers, mobile device users (phones and dongles) and fixed wireless subscribers.

The fixed wireless subscribers include WiFi, Wi-Max, point-to-point radio and VSat users, they added.

However, region-wise growth was not immediately available.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) defines broadband as a data connection with a minimum speed of 512 KBPS. In 2014, the regulator had amended its earlier definition of broadband as data connection with a speed of not less 256 KPBS.

As of March 31, the total broadband users stood at 99.20 million, a 1.88 per cent rise from 97.37 million users as of February-end, according to TRAI data.

In March, top five service providers constituted 83.39 per cent market share of total broadband subscribers, with Bharti Airtel topping the charts with 22.01 million user base.

GSM operator Vodafone India ranked second with 19.37 million users, followed by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd at 18.88 million, Idea Cellular (14.52 million) and Reliance Communications (7.94 million).

Operator-wise market share was also not immediately available.

Published on May 22, 2015
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