Friday, January 23, 2009

How Indian mobile sector performed in 2008?


THE Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, just a couple of days ago, announced its December figures.

For the industry in general, it registered more than 60 million new subscribers in the second half alone. It ended the year with 346.8 million subscribers.

As expected, the top six operators remained the same, lead by Bharti Airtel (24.69%), followed by Reliance (17.68%), Vodafone Essar (17.57%), BSNL (13.33%), Idea (9.86% ) and Tata Teleservices (9.16%).

Following are the players subscriber base as of end December 2008:
1. Bharti Airtel: 85.65 million
2. Reliance: 61.35 million
3. Vodafone Essar: 60.93 million
4. BSNL: 46.23 million
5. Idea: 34.21 million
6. Tata Teleservices: 31.76 million
7. Airtel: 16.08 million
8. MTNL: 4.19 million
9. Spice: 3.8 million
10. BPL Mobile: 1.95 million
11. HFCL Infotel: 0.38 million
12. Shyam Telelink: 0.37 million

While most of the operators gained market share in the fourth quarter of 2008, there are four operators that lost market share during the quarter. They were (in no particular order):

1. Reliance -- December (17.68%) November (17.73%) October (17.75%) September (17.77%)
2. Tata -- December (9.16%) November (9.23%) October (9.26%) September (9.30%)
3. MTNL -- December (1.21%) November (1.22%) October (1.24%) September (1.26%)
4. BSNL -- December (13.33%) November (13.47%) October (13.69%) September (13.91%)

With new player like Telenor's Unitech coming into the field this year, it will certainly put more pressure on the four players to perform better.

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