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India - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts

This report provides a comprehensive overview of the developments and trends in telecommunications, Internet and digital media markets in India.

Subjects covered include:

Key Statistics;
Market Overviews;
Major Players (fixed and mobile);
Infrastructure development – national and international;
Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
Internet, including VoIP;
Broadband development;
Convergence and Digital Media;
Regulatory Environment.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics India - 2012
    • Table Telecom revenue and investment statistics - 2009
    • Table Telephone network statistics - March 2012
    • Table Internet user statistics - March 2012
    • Table Broadband statistics - March 2012
    • Table Mobile statistics - March 2012
    • Table National telecommunications authorities
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
      • Background
      • Economy
        • Table India's GDP real growth rate - 2006 - 2013
      • Analysis: India in the aftermath of the global financial crisis
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • OVERVIEW
      • Table Fixed-line services versus mobile services and penetration - March 2012
    • COMPETITION
    • 2G SCANDAL
    • VALUE ADDED SERVICES (VAS)
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) AUCTION
    • WIMAX/WIRELESS BROADBAND SPECTRUM AUCTION
    • FOREIGN INVESTMENT
      • Table Overview of FDI policy for India's telecom sector
      • Table Foreign Direct Investment in telecom sector - 2004 - 2011
      • Import of Chinese telecom equipment
    • UNIVERSAL SERVICE
      • Table Telephone services to villages - March 2012
    • GOVERNMENT REVENUE
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • TELECOMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITIES
      • Ministry for Communications (MoC)
      • Department of Telecommunications (DoT)
      • Telecom Commission
      • Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)
      • Telecom Dispute Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT)
      • Telecom Sector Ombudsman (TSO)
      • Communications Commission of India (CCI)
    • LICENSING CIRCLES
    • REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS
      • Overview
        • Table Number of telecom licences issued by category - 2007 - 2008
      • `Local content' rules
      • Supreme Court ruling on `distribution of national assets'
      • Censorship issues
      • New spectrum policy
      • Tariffs
      • Penalties for delayed roll-out
      • Spectrum `vacation'
      • Cancelled licences
      • Access Deficit Charge (ADC)
      • Excess bandwidth fees
      • Unified Access Services Licence (UASL)
      • Basic Telephone Service (BTS) licensing guidelines
      • The `fixed' mobile story
      • Offshore investment
      • The Blackberry privacy case
      • Spectrum charges
      • Spectrum in 2014
    • NATIONAL TELECOM POLICIES
      • National Telecom Policies 1999 (NTP-99)
      • Addendum to NTP-99
      • New National Telecom Policy
      • National Broadband Policy 2004
      • Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF)
    • NATIONAL SECURITY
  • MAJOR OPERATORS
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
    • UNIFIED ACCESS SERVICE LICENCES (UASL)
    • MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS
    • BSNL/MTNL
    • OPERATOR AND MARKET STATISTICS
      • Mobile market
        • Table Mobile operators and subscribers - March 2012
        • Table Total mobile subscribers (GSM and CDMA) by operator and market share – March 2012
        • Table GSM mobile operators, subscribers and market share - March 2012
        • Table CDMA mobile operators, subscribers and market share - March 2012
        • Table Overall mobile ARPU - 2005 - 2012
        • Table Mobile ARPU by technology, prepaid/postpaid/blended - March 2012
        • Table Mobile ARPU (blended) for selected operators - 2011
      • Fixed-line market
        • Table Fixed-line basic services by operator - March 2012
        • Table Fixed-line subscribers by operator - 2008 - 2012
    • AIRCEL/DISHNET
      • Overview
        • Table Aircel mobile subscribers - 2004 - 2012
    • BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LTD (BSNL)
      • Overview
      • Mobile business
        • Table BSNL mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2012
      • Fixed-line business
      • Broadband business
    • BHARTI AIRTEL
      • Overview
      • Corporate structure
        • Table Major shareholders in Bharti Airtel - April 2012
      • Mobile business
        • Table Bharti Airtel mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2012
        • Table Bharti Airtel - mobile operations - key statistics
        • Table Bharti Airtel mobile ARPU - 2004 - 2005; 2007 - 2012
      • Fixed-line and broadband businesses
        • Table Bharti fixed-line subscribers - 2002 - 2012
      • International business
    • DATA ACCESS
    • ETISALAT DB TELECOM (SWAN TELECOM)
      • Table Etisalat mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2012
    • HUGHES TELECOM
    • IDEA/SPICE
      • Overview
        • Table Idea/Spice mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2012
        • Table Idea Cellular - mobile operations - key statistics
        • Table Idea/Spice mobile ARPU - 2007 - 2011
      • Background
      • Corporate structure
      • 3G development
    • LOOP MOBILE (FORMERLY BPL MOBILE)
      • Overview
        • Table Loop Mobile (BPL) mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2012
      • Corporate structure and development
    • MAHANAGAR TELEPHONE NIGAM LIMITED (MTNL)
      • Overview
      • Corporate structure
      • Mobile business
        • Table MTNL mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2012
      • Fixed-line and broadband business
        • Table MTNL fixed-line subscribers - 2004; 2007; 2010 - 2012
    • RELIANCE COMMUNICATIONS
      • Overview
      • Mobile business
        • Table Reliance mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2012
        • Table Reliance Communications - mobile operations - key statistics
        • Table Reliance mobile ARPU - 2007 - 2012
      • Fixed-line business
        • Table Reliance fixed-line subscribers - 2005 - 2012
      • International business
    • SISTEMA
      • Overview
      • Mobile business
        • Table Sistema mobile subscribers - 2008 - 2012
      • Fixed-line business
    • SPICE TELECOM
      • Overview
        • Table Spice Telecom mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2008
      • Corporate structure
      • Historical development
    • S TEL
      • Overview
        • Table S Tel mobile subscribers - 2009 - 2012
      • 3G plans
    • TATA TELESERVICES
      • Overview
      • Corporate structure
      • Mobile business
        • Table Tata Teleservices mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2012
        • Table Tata Teleservices - mobile operations - key statistics
      • Fixed-line business
      • International business: Tata Communications
    • UNINOR
      • Overview
        • Table Uninor mobile subscribers - 2009 - 2012
      • Problems following 2G licence cancellation
    • VIDEOCON
      • Table Videocon mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2012
    • VODAFONE ESSAR
      • Overview
        • Table Vodafone Essar mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2012
        • Table Vodafone Essar - mobile operations - key statistics
        • Table Vodafone Essar mobile ARPU - 2008 - 2011
      • Corporate structure
      • Tax dispute
      • Background
      • Strategic development
      • 3G plans
    • OTHER OPERATORS AND SERVICE PROVIDERS
      • Mobile operators
      • Fixed network operators
      • Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
        • Table Number of licensed ISPs - 2002 - 2003; 2005; 2008 - 2012
        • Table ISP market - leading operators, subscribers and market share - March 2012
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Overview
      • Statistics
        • Table Fixed-line subscribers and teledensity - 2005 - 2012
        • Table Fixed-line subscribers and teledensity (historical) - 1995 - 2005
      • Background to network development
      • Infrastructure sharing
      • Rural and regional networks
        • Table Growth of VPT scheme - 2001 - 2012
        • Table PCOs in operation and market share by operator - March 2012
        • Table PCOs in operation - 2003 - 2012
      • Fibre optic cable projects
      • National optical fibre network
      • Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
        • Table Fixed WLL subscribers (historical) - 2004 - 2006
    • INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • IP networks
      • Next Generation Networks (NGN)
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Background
      • Interconnect agreements
      • India-Pakistan
      • International service disruption
      • Submarine cable networks
        • Table International submarine cable systems with landing points in India - 2011
      • Satellite communications
        • Table ISRO satellite network - September 2012
  • INTERNET MARKET
    • OVERVIEW
      • Internet statistics
        • Table Internet users - 1995 - 2012
        • Table Internet subscribers - 1995 - 2012
        • Table Dial-up internet subscribers - 2007 - 2012
        • Table Internet (dial-up) ARPU - 2005; 2007 - 2009
        • Table International internet bandwidth - 2000 - 2012
      • Threat of action against Twitter
      • E-medicine
      • IPv4/IPv6
      • Growth issues
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Foreign Exchange transactions
      • Censorship of social media sites
      • Internet policy: background
      • Internet policy: development
      • National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI)
      • Control of the internet in India
      • International connectivity
    • VOICE OVER INTERNET PROTOCOL (VOIP)
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • OVERVIEW
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Fixed broadband subscribers - 2001 - 2012
        • Table Fixed broadband subscribers - market share by access type - March 2012
        • Table Broadband subscribers and households - March 2012
        • Table Internet subscribers by access type - March 2012
    • NATIONAL BROADBAND POLICY
      • Table India - Broadband and internet subscriber targets - 2005; 2007; 2010
      • Implementation of National Broadband Policy
    • NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN
    • BROADBAND TECHNOLOGIES
      • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
        • Table DSL subscribers - 2001 - 2012
      • Cable modem
        • Table Cable modem subscribers - 2001 - 2012
      • Wireless broadband
        • Table Wireless broadband subscribers - 2003; 2006 - 2012
      • WiMAX
      • WiMAX spectrum auctions
      • LTE
      • Mobile wireless
    • SATELLITE
  • DIGITAL MEDIA / DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • BROADCASTING MARKET
      • Overview
      • Digital media
      • Market statistics
        • Table Broadcasting market overview - 2011
        • Table Broadcasting Standard and major broadcasters
        • Table Cable and TV households - 1995 - 2011
        • Table Total TV industry revenue - 2000 - 2011
      • Regulatory issues
        • Table Information on FTA turned Pay and New Pay Channels
    • TV AND THE TRANSITION TO DIGITAL
      • Overview
      • Internet Protocol TV (IPTV)
      • Pay TV
        • Table Pay TV subscribers by technology - 2003- 2012
      • Cable TV
        • Table Number of channels carried by cable operators - 2009 - 2011
        • Table Overview of major channels available to consumers in India
      • Satellite TV
        • Table DTH subscribers - 2008 - 2012
        • Table Operators issued DTH licences - March 2012
      • Major cable and pay TV operators
      • Free-to-Air TV
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • OVERVIEW OF INDIA'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • Table Overview of India's mobile market - 2010 - 2012
      • Table Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration - 2006 - 2012
      • Table Mobile subscribers (GSM and CDMA) - 2002 - 2012
      • Table GSM mobile subscribers and annual change - 1997 - 2012
      • Table Mobile penetration urban and rural - 2007; 2009 - 2012
      • Table Mobile services revenue - 1996 - 2012
      • Table Mobile ARPU by technology, prepaid/postpaid/blended - March 2012
      • Table Mobile ARPU (GSM and CDMA) - 2005 - 2012
    • MOBILE MARKET SEGMENTS
    • DEVELOPMENT ISSUES
      • Cancellation of inactive subscribers
      • Tariffs for wireless broadband
      • Reporting of revenue
      • Revenue and ARPU
      • Spectrum allocations and spectrum auctions
      • Rural expansion
      • M-banking
      • Foreign investment
      • Merger and Acquisition (M&A) rules
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Background
      • Developments in 2011
      • Developments in 2012
    • 2G CORRUPTION SCANDAL
      • Allegations
      • Charges
      • Court decision, appeal and aftermath
        • Table Operators and licences affected by 2G licensing process cancellation - February 2012
      • Re-auctioning of 2G spectrum
    • ANALYSIS: 2G SCANDAL - 2011
    • MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES
      • Overview of mobile technologies used in India
      • GSM
        • Table GSM mobile subscribers by region/circle - 2009; 2010 – 2012
        • Table GSM ARPU - 2003 - 2012
        • Table GSM ARPU by region/circle, prepaid/postpaid/blended - March 2012
        • Table GSM mobile operators, subscribers and market share - March 2012
        • Table GSM ARPU by operator grouping, prepaid/postpaid/blended - March 2012
      • CDMA
        • Table CDMA 3G commercial deployment in India
        • Table CDMA mobile operators, subscribers and market share - March 2012
        • Table CDMA ARPU - 2003 - 2012
        • Table CDMA ARPU by region/circle, prepaid/postpaid/blended - March 2012
      • Third Generation (3G) mobile
        • Table 3G auction (2010): Number of licences and total fees paid by operators
        • Table 3G auction results: Service area licences by operator - May 2010
      • Fourth Generation (4G) / Long Term Evolution (LTE)
    • MOBILE VOICE SERVICES
      • Prepaid
        • Table Prepaid mobile subscribers: share of total market - 2003 - 2012
        • Table Mobile ARPU by technology, prepaid/postpaid/blended - March 2012
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Market overview
      • Short Message Service (SMS)
        • Table SMS traffic by technology and subscriber - 2011 - 2012
      • i-mode
      • BlackBerry
      • Mobile TV
      • Mobile content
  • FORECASTS
    • FORECASTS - FIXED-LINE SERVICES - 2015; 2020
      • Table Forecast fixed line subscribers and penetration rates - 2015; 2020
    • FORECASTS- INTERNET SERVICES - 2015; 2020
      • Table Forecast internet subscribers - 2015; 2020
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE SERVICES - 2015; 2020
      • Table Forecast mobile subscribers - 2015; 2020
  • GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS

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