India’s Internet subscriber base rises to 636.7MN | Media Analysis | Business
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The total number of Internet subscribers in India increased to 636.73 million in the quarter ending 31 March 2019, registering a quarterly growth rate of 5.38% from 604.21 million at the end of December 2018.

internet connection India 11JUly2019The rise corresponds to a rise in media consumption through mobile internet in India from 9.4 minutes daily in 2013 to 54 minutes in 2019. Zenith predicts this will reach 79 minutes by 2021.

Out of a total 636.73 million Internet subscribers, the number of subscribers using fixed line connections now accounts for just 21.68 million, while 615.05 million use wireless Internet services, according to data received by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) from 332 internet service providers in the country.

The total Internet subscriber base comprises a broadband subscriber base of 563.31 million and narrowband subscriber base of 73.42 million, the authority said.

India’s broadband Internet subscriber base increased by 7.22% from 525.36 million at the end of December 2018 to 563.31 million at the end of March 2019. The narrowband Internet subscriber base, meanwhile, declined by 6.89%.

Although there are 332 internet service providers now in India, the top ten operators supply internet connection to over 99.47% of subscribers as a whole.

Reliance Jio, which launched publicly in September 2017, holds by far the largest proportion (48.17%) of the country’s internet subscriber base, with 306,724,836 Internet customers. This is followed by Vodafone Idea with a 22.98% market share (or 146,304,646 subscribers) as of 31 March 2019. Bharti Airtel has the third highest proportion of internet subscribers with 22.41% of the country’s total.

Following the top three by market share come BSNL, Tata Teleservices, Atria Convergence Technologies, MTNL, Hathway Cable & Datacom, You Broadband India, and GTPL Broadband.

With a net decline of 14.19 million subscribers during the quarter, the total wireless subscriber base declined slightly to 1,161.81 million at the end of March 2019, from 1,176.00 million at the end of December 2018, registering a 1.21% fall over the previous quarter. Wireless subscriptions fell slightly (1.82%) year-on-year.

Wireline subscribers registered a slight quarterly decrease (0.79%) from 21.87 million at the end of December 2018 to 21.7 million at the end of March 2019. Year-on-year wireline subscribers fell by 4.89%.

Of the total wired internet subscribers, BSNL now holds 57.20% market share with 12.4 million subscribers, followed by Bharti with 2.36 million subscribers, according to TRAI’s latest quarterly report, Indian Telecom Services Performance Indicators.