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India - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

India - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

India's mobile market dominates the local telecom sector with its large subscriber base and revenue numbers, as well as the huge capital investment by operators. It has continued to be a highly competitive market in which a large number of providers have been battling to increase market share.

India's mobile market has experienced very strong growth over the last five years. Market penetration is expected to reach over 90% by 2022.

Rather than a focus only on growth in subscribers the market is shifting to value-added. The roll-out of 4G / LTE services is driving significant shift to mobile data services across the country.

Market competition is intensifying in the mobile sector. Significant market consolidation amongst the mobile operators was underway in 2017 and 2018:

There was a very significant drop in ARPU due to the entry of Jio into the mobile market. The subsequent price war has been intensifying in the mobile sector. A shake-out of the Indian mobile market is inevitable.

Mobile broadband penetration has grown strongly in India over the past few years, driven by a strong and growing mobile subscriber base. Going forward, the adoption of mobile broadband is expected to grow strongly as constraints in India around availability of network, ecosystem and affordability are addressed.

Increasing affordability of handsets along with better data supporting specifications such as carrier aggregation and enhanced resolution will further boost data consumption per subscriber.

Key developments:

The Indian government announced plans to establish a dedicated 5G committee to develop a roadmap for the rollout of the technology by 2020.
Led by Reliance Jio, Indias service providers are becoming increasingly adopting voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) technology.
Mobile broadband penetration has grown strongly in India.
Market competition is intensifying in the mobile sector, significant market consolidation amongst the mobile operators is underway.

Companies covered in this report include:

Aircel, Bharti Airtel, Quadrant (HFCL), Idea, Reliance Communications, Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJI), Tata Teleservices, Vodafone Essar, Telewings (Uninor), Videocon, S Tel, Bharti Telenet, Reliance Infocomm, Tata Teleservices, Sistema (Shyam Telelink), Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd (VSNL), Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL), Videocon


  • SYNOPSIS
  • MARKET OVERVIEW AND ANALYSIS
    • GEOGRAPHIC SEGMENTS
    • RURAL EXPANSION
  • MOBILE STATISTICS
    • GENERAL STATISTICS
      • Table Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration - 2006 - 2017
      • Table Mobile subscribers (GSM and CDMA) - 2002 - 2017
      • Table Mobile penetration in urban and rural areas - 2007; 2009 - 2017
      • Table Mobile ARPU (GSM and CDMA) - 2005 - 2017
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Mobile broadband statistics
        • Table Mobile broadband subscribers - 2007 - 2017
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS - 2017; 2019; 2022
      • Table Forecast mobile subscribers - 2017; 2019; 2022
      • Notes on scenario forecasts
  • REGULATORY ISSUES
    • SPECTRUM
      • Overview
      • Spectrum auctions - 2018
      • Spectrum auctions - 2016
      • Spectrum auctions - 2015
      • Spectrum Agreements - 2016
      • Spectrum trading rules
    • MOBILE SUBSCRIBER VERIFICATION
    • CALL DROP INVESTIGATION
    • OPERATORS DIRECTED TO ISSUE DATA USAGE MESSAGES
    • INTERCONNECTION
    • ROAMING
    • MOBILE NUMBER PORTABILITY (MNP)
    • NETWORK SHARING
  • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
    • INTRODUCTION
    • GSM
      • Table GSM ARPU - 2003 - 2017
      • Table GSM ARPU by region/circle, prepaid/postpaid/blended - March 2017
      • Table GSM ARPU by region/circle, prepaid/postpaid/blended - March 2016
    • CDMA
      • Table CDMA ARPU - 2003 - 2017
    • 3G
    • 4G / LTE
      • Overview
    • 5G DEVELOPMENTS
    • OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • VoLTE
      • Google - Project Loon
  • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
    • SUBSCRIBERS BY OPERATOR
      • Table Mobile subscribers and market share (wireless) - 2017
      • Table Mobile operators, subscribers and market share (wireless) - 2015 - 2016
      • Table Mobile operators, subscribers and market share (fixed and wireless) - 2016 - 2017
      • Table Mobile operators, subscribers and market share (fixed and wireless) - 2015 - 2016
      • Table Mobile operators - Systems and Launch
    • MERGER ACTIVITIES - 2016 - 2018
      • RCOM / Aircel Merger
      • RCOM / SSTL Merger
      • Telenor / Bharti Airtel merger
      • Idea - Vodafone merger
    • AIRCEL
      • Table Aircel mobile subscribers - 2004 - 2017
    • BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LTD (BSNL)
      • Overview
        • Table BSNL mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2017
      • Network development
      • 3G development
      • 4G/LTE
    • BHARTI AIRTEL
      • Overview
        • Table Bharti Airtel mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2017
        • Table Bharti Airtel mobile ARPU - 2004 - 2005; 2007 - 2017
      • 3G
      • 4G / LTE
    • IDEA CELLULAR
      • Overview
        • Table Idea Cellular mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2017
        • Table Idea Cellular mobile ARPU - 2007 - 2011; 2013 - 2017
      • 3G
      • 4G / LTE
    • MAHANAGAR TELEPHONE NIGAM LIMITED (MTNL)
      • Table MTNL mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2017
    • QUADRANT
      • Table Quadrant mobile subscribers - 2012 - 2017
    • RELIANCE COMMUNICATIONS (RCOM)
      • Table Reliance mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2017
      • Table Reliance mobile ARPU - 2007 - 2017
    • RELIANCE JIO INFOCOMM (JIO)
    • SSTL (SISTEMA)
      • Table Sistema mobile subscribers - 2008 - 2017
    • TATA TELESERVICES
      • Table Tata Teleservices mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2017
    • TELENOR
      • Table Telenor mobile subscribers - 2009 - 2017
    • VODAFONE
      • Overview
        • Table Vodafone mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2017
        • Table Vodafone - mobile ARPU - 2008 - 2017
      • 3G
      • 4G Network
    • FIXED-LINE BUSINESS
      • Table Vodafone fixed-line subscribers - 2011 - 2017
    • REACH MOBILE
    • MVNOS
  • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
    • INTRODUCTION
    • M-BANKING (PAYMENTS/LOANS)
    • M-TV
    • M-HEALTH
    • APPS
  • MOBILE HANDSETS
  • RELATED REPORTS

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