According to data that was revealed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, mobile subscriber growth of India is still continuing. In May 16.3 million new subscribers were added.
As for the last year, it was added 11.6 million subscribers in May.
The overall number of handset subscribers amounted to 617.5 million as of May 31 this year. But still the number of subscribers is growing.
55 out of 100 Indians have telephone connections. In fact, the data from TRAI is provided by operators and can contain a range of connections that are not used by customers or they have several connections.
But one should admit that mobile operators do not get a lot of advantages in the TRAI data. In reality, Indian mobile operators have been enlarging in not so lucrative rural market. As for market share, it is gained in urban markets. There is no even a tariff war among 14 operators, which results in voice rates, such as Indian rupees 0.01 per second.
It was warned by Bhatia that it would be difficult to add a big number of connections every month. It is explained by the fact that demand will plateau.