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Rural vs Urban Subscribers-Growth between March 2009 and March 2010

August 01, 2010
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While the urban telecom market in India is saturating fast, rural telecom penetration has increased considerably. It grew from 14.93 per cent in March 2009 to 24.29 per cent in March 2010.
The overall telecom subscriber base increased by 45 per cent from 429.72 million as of March 2009 to 621.28 million at the end of March 2010. The share of rural in the total subscriber base increased from 28 per cent in March 2009 to 32.3 per cent in March 2010. Meanwhile, the share of urban subscribers came down from 71.5 per cent to 67.67 per cent.
The total rural telecom subscriber base stood at 200.81 million as of March 2010, marking a 64 per cent increase over March 2009. The growth in rural telecom subscribers is dominated by the wireless segment. As of March 2010, the total rural mobile subscribers stood at 190.88 million, constituting 95 per cent of the total rural subscriber base.
Circle-wise, Delhi had the highest urban teledensity at 172.49 per cent and Himachal Pradesh had the highest rural teledensity at 52.53 per cent. Bharti Airtel accounted for the maximum rural penetration with 48.09 million rural subscribers, followed by Vodafone Essar with 36.79 million.

Rural vs urban teledensity (as of March 2010) (%)

Quarter ended

Rural teledensity

Urban teledensity

Mar-09

15

Mar-00

Jun-09

17

95

Sep-09

18

103

Dec-09

21

111

Mar-10

24

120


Rural vs urban subscribers (as of March 2010) (million)

Quarter ended

Rural subscribers

Urban subscribers

Mar-09

122

308

Jun-09

136

329

Sep-09

152

357

Dec-09

175

388

Mar-10

201

420


Circle-wise rural vs urban mobile teledensity (as of March 2010) (%)

Circle

Rural mobile

Total rural

Urban mobile

Total urban

 

teledensity

teledensity

teledensity

teledensity

Andhra Pradesh

23

24

136

57

Assam

18

18

92

30

Bihar

14

15

123

30

Delhi 

­–

­–

­–

172

Gujarat 

32

34

89

58

Haryana

38

39

94

60

Himachal Pradesh

48

53

288

79

Jammu & Kashmir

26

27

107

50

Karnataka

23

24

132

68

Kerala

36

45

172

80

Madhya Pradesh

15

15

86

35

Maharashtra (including Mumbai)

31

32

99

67

Northeast

24

25

92

43

Orissa

20

21

128

39

Punjab

39

42

115

75

Rajasthan

30

31

115

53

Tamil Nadu (including Chennai)

36

38

115

84

Uttar Pradesh (East and West)

18

18

100

37

West Bengal (including Kolkata)

24

24

103

49

All India

23

24

112

53


Operator-wise rural subscribers as of March 2010 (million)

Operator

Rural  mobile subscribers

Rural  wireline subscribers

Total rural subscribers

Bharti Airtel

48

­–

48

Vodafone Essar

37

­–

37

Idea Cellular

30

­–

30

BSNL

25

10

35

RCOM

21.25

­–

21

Aircel

14

­–

14

TTSL

13

0

14

Unitech

1

­–

1

SSTL

0.54

0

1

HFCL

0.001

­–

0

Loop Mobile

­–

­–

­–

S Tel

0.27

­–

0

MTNL

­–

­–

­–

Videocon Telecom

­–

­–

­–

Etisalat DB

­–

­–

­–

Total

190.88

10

201

 

 
 
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