The number of telephone subscribers in India declined from 937.70 million at the end of Sep-12 to 895.51 million at the end of Dec-12, registering a negative growth of 4.50% over the previous quarter sep-12. This reflects year-on-year (Y-O-Y) negative growth of 3.35% over the same quarter of last year. The overall Tele-density in India has declined from 77.04 as on 30th September, 2012 to 73.34 as on 31st December, 2012.
Subscription in Urban Areas decreased from 595.69 million at the end of Sep-12 to 556.96 million at the end of Dec-12, and Urban Teledensity declined from 161.13 to 149.90. Rural subscription decreased from 342.01 million to 338.54 million, and Rural Teledensity also declined from 40.36 to 39.85. Share of subscription in Rural areas out of total subscription increased from 36.47% at the end of Sep-12 to 37.80% at the end of Dec-12.
With a decline of 41.90 million subscribers during the quarter, total wireless(GSM+CDMA) subscriber base registered a negative growth of 4.62% over the previous quarter and subscriber base declined from 906.62 million at the end of Sep-12 to 864.72 million at the end of Dec-12. The year-on-year (Y-O-Y) negative growth rate of Wireless subscribers for Dec-12 is 3.26%. Wireless Teledensity decreased from 74.49 at the end of Sep-12 to 70.82 at the end of Dec-12.
Wireline subscriber base further declined from 31.08 million at the end of Sep-12 to 30.79 million at the end of Dec-12, bringing down the wireline Teledensity from 2.55 at the end of Sep-12 to 2.52 at the end of Dec-12.
Internet subscribers increased from 24.01 million at the end of Sep-12 to 25.33 million at the end of Dec-12, registering a quarterly growth rate of 5.49%. Top 10 ISPs together hold 95.42% of the total Internet subscriber base.
Number of Broadband subscribers increased from 14.68 million at the end of Sep-12 to 14.98 million at the end of Dec-12, registering a quarterly growth of 2.02% and Y-O-Y growth of 12.23%.
Share of Broadband subscription in total Internet subscription decreased from 61.16% at the end of Sep-12 to 59.15% at the end of Dec-12. 84.82% of the Broadband subscribers are using Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) technology.
Monthly Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) for GSM service increasedby 3.03%, from `95 in QE Sep-12 to `98 in QE Dec-12, with Y-O-Y increase of 2.25%
On an all India average, the overall MOU per subscriber per month for GSM service increased by 4.99% from 342 in QE Sep-12 to 359 in QE Dec-12. Prepaid MOU per subscriber increased by 5.21% (from 321 to 338), while postpaid MOUs decreased by 0.68% (from 960 to 953)
Monthly ARPU for CDMA – full mobility service increased by 2.8%, from `78 in QE Sep-12 to `80 in QE Dec-12. ARPU for CDMA has increased by 8.84% on Y-O-Y basis.
The total MOU for CDMA per subscriber per month increased by 2.15%, from 225.22 in QE Sep-12 to 230.06 QE Dec-12. The Outgoing MOUs (117) increased by 2.8% and Incoming MOUs (113) increased by 1.5%.
Gross Revenue (GR) and Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) of Telecom Service Sector for the QE Dec-12 has been `52858.39 Crore and `34527.50 Crore respectively. There has been a decrease of 0.15% in GR and a decrease of 2.67% in AGR as compared to previous quarter. The year-on-year (Y-O-Y) growth in GR and AGR over the same quarter in last year has been 7.08% and 1.31% respectively. Pass-through charges accounted for 34.68% of the GR for the quarter ending Dec-12. The quarterly and the year-on-year (Y-O-Y) growth rates of passthrough charges for QE Dec-12 are 4.96% and 19.94% respectively.
Average license fee as percentage of AGR is 8.15% in QE Dec-12. The quarterly and the year-on-year (Y-O-Y) growth rates of the average license fee are -2.42% and -0.68% respectively for the QE Dec-12
Access services contributed 75.19% of the total revenue of telecom services. In Access services, Gross Revenue and Pass Through Charges increased by 0.22% and 3.40% respectively, whereas AGR, License Fee & Spectrum Charges decreased by 1.15%, 1.22% & 0.51% respectively in the quarter ending Dec-12 vis-à-vis previous quarter.
Monthly Average Revenue per User (ARPU) for Access Services based on AGR increased from `99 in QE Sep-12 to `101 in QE Dec-12.
Total number of permitted private satellite TV channels registered with Ministry of I&B, as obtained from its website, is 823. There are 184 pay TV channels in existence, as reported by 26 broadcasters/their distributors, as on QE Dec-12.
Maximum number of TV channels (Pay, FTA and Local) being carried by any of the reported MSOs is 267 whereas in the conventional analogue form, maximum number of channels being carried by any of the reported MSOs is 100 channels.
Apart from All India Radio, Prasar Bharti – a public broadcaster, there are 242 private FM Radio stations in operation at the end of Dec-12.
Besides the free DTH service of Doordarshan, there are 6 private DTH licensees, offering their services to the DTH subscribers. As on 31.12.2012, 54.52 million subscribers are registered with these 6 private DTH operators.