Telecom Performance Report: ARPU Declines, VoIP Grows; 46.37 Wireless Internet Subs

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Quite a few of our readers inquire about the total number of GPRS users India; as per the TRAI’s quarterly telecom performance indicator report, the total number of Wireless Internet (GPRS + CDMA Internet Access) users, at the end of September 2007, was 46.37 million. Readers should bear in mind that this data, and indeed all the data in the report is based on information given to the TRAI by telecom operators, and should be considered as an indicator, but doesn’t necessarily reflect the true picture. Reporting higher number of subscribers (is churn being reported?) has its benefits.

Download the 100 page report (lots of charts) here.

Mobile
Interestingly, SMS revenues for operators have fallen – Outgoing SMS per user declined approximately 11 percent, from 36 per user per month by for Q2 2007 to 32 for Q3 2007. Mobile operators don’t openly disclose the contribution of Value Added Services to revenue, and some people tend to bloat those figures by including person-to-person (p2p) SMS’. An indication of the significance of VAS (or lack of), for both TRAI and the operators is that the segment is included as “Other Revenues”, which includes Value-Added-Services and installation etc. These “Other Revenues” for GSM operators increased marginally, from constituting 8.5 percent of revenues to 8.8 percent (details), while for CDMA, it increased from 9.6 percent to 11.5 percent (details).

All in all, the total number of wireless subscribers increased from 184.92 million to 209.07 million, with 55.08 million CDMA subs (26.35%), and 153.99 million GSM subs (73.65%). GSM subs increased by 13.4% during the quarter, while CDMA increased by 12.12%. The subscriber base of top four operators – Bharti, BSNL, Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) & Idea – is around 87% of the total GSM subscribers base, with private operators accounting for 79 percent subscribers (details). Wireline subs declined from 40.09 million in from 30th June to 30th September, with rural wireline subscribers decreasing from 12.27 million to 11.99 million

Average Revenue Per User:
GSM: all India Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) declined by 7.4 % from Rs. 297 to Rs. 275. Post-paid ARPU declined from Rs. 655 to Rs. 632, 3.5 percent.
Prepaid ARPU declined from 7.2 %, from Rs. 248 to Rs. 230.
CDMA: ARPU (prepaid+postpaid) at Rs. 173, down significantly from Rs. 206. Lowest ARPU is in West Bengal (Rs.127) while the highest blended ARPU is in Mumbai (Rs. 274)

Internet (marketshare details)
There were 9.63 million wireline Internet subscribers at the end of September 2007 as compared to 9.22 million at the end of June 2007, a growth of nearly 4.37%. Readers will remember that the number of subs had declined by 0.5 percent in the previous quarter. The number of broadband subscribers increased by 10.33 percent, to 2.67 million. 72 broadband service providers had a subscriber base of 2.67 million, with 98.3 percent of those subs with 13 sevice providers. Some stats:
— Broadband connections: 2174401 are DSL based; 319010 Cable Modem; 100592 Ethernet LAN; 21688 Fibre; 27664 Radio customers and 28183 Others.
— Average Revenue Per User per month for dialup Internet Subscribers is Rs. 200
— Quality of service details: here.
Internet Telephony: Total minutes of the use (MoU) for Internet Telephony during the quarter were 129.43 million as compared to 112.26 million for the last quarter registering an increase of 15.29% over the previous quarter.

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Akshit Behera

Hello Sir i am a a student of sri ram college of commerce and i just finished my first yr. In my vacations i am doin a summer internship with airtel and there i am supposed to make a project on the evolution of the telecom sector in d last 10 years and in that regard i need some data regarding
1. ARPU of GSM and CDMA
2. Telecom Equipment Market
3. Handset Market
4. Expected mobile subscriber base till 2013

i need these data for india, china, usa, afghanistan, pakistan, south korea, brazil, zimbabwe and thailand. I need these data for the last 10 years if available. It would be great sir if u could help me out.

anantswarup

need circle wise operators wise gross additions numbers month wise of last 9 months..

Bijyant singh

want to know the following details for Bihar +Jharkhand circle. for the Month of January-2009
1. ARPU of prepaid and post paid for all the operators
2. Revenue of prepaid and post paid for all the operators.
3. Gross additions prepaid and postpaid for all the operators.
4. Retained revenue fro all the operators.
6. Incmoing (IUC ) revenue for all the operators
7. Outgoing revenue for all the operators.
8. VAS revenue for all the operators

Varun Dave

Please send me details about the Telecom Service Provider Industry in India.

Vijay Saxena

I need the market insight over the subject for the last five years and coming five years for Mobile VAS. Please provide me with data and figure relating to Indian Market.

Mohammad Kalam

Dear Sir,

I am about to finish my MBA in Marketing and Finace, But I have great crush for VAS services..Need the market insight over the subject for the last five years and coming five years

Hope you will help me

Thanks
Mohammad Kalam

HIMANSHU RAI SEHGAL

Sir
I am an MBA student doing research on growth and future of Mobile VAS.
Please can you provide me with facts and figure relating to INDIAN market for past five years.
Also can you provide me with related data if u have any to make a report on this.

Thanking you
HIMANSHU RAI SEHGAL
(+91) 99 998 22729

riya

Hi,
I am an MBA student and doing a research on breakup of GPRS and Bluetooth Users in India (Region wise,gender wise,operator wise etc). If u have any relevant information about the same plz share it.my email id is riya.bvp@gmail.com

BALWANT SINGH

want to know the following details for west bengal circle. for the Month of April-2008
1. ARPU of prepaid and post paid for all the operators
2. Revenue of prepaid and post paid for all the operators.
3. Gross additions prepaid and postpaid for all the operators.
4. Retained revenue fro all the operators.
6. Incmoing (IUC ) revenue for all the operators
7. Outgoing revenue for all the operators.
8. VAS revenue for all the operators

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