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List of telecom companies in India

The total number of telephone subscribers in India reached 1195.24 million as on 30 September 2019. The number of wireless subscribers are 1173.75 million and the number of wireline subscribers are 21.49 million. The country's telecom regulator is Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).[1]

Wireless OperatorsEdit

As of 30 September 2019, there are 1173.75 million wireless subscribers in India according to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).[1]

Mobile OperatorsEdit

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers[1] (millions) Market Share[1] Ownership
1

Vodafone Idea

GSM-900/1800 (EDGE), GPRS,

2100 MHz HSPA, UMTS, HSPA+,

900(B8)/ 1800 (B3)/ 2100(B1)/ 2300(B40)/ 2500(B41) LTE, TD-LTE, FD-LTE, LTE-A, [2]

VoLTE [3] [4]

WiFi[5]

372.43 [6] [1] 31.73%

Vodafone Group (45.1%)
Aditya Birla Group (26%)
Axiata Group Berhad (8.17%)
Private Equity (20.73%)

2

Jio

850 (B5)/ 1800 (B3)/ 2300(B40) LTE, TD-LTE, FD-LTE, LTE-A,

VoLTE, VoWIFI,[7][8] ViLTE, WiFi

355.17[1] [9] 30.26%

Reliance Industries Limited

3

Airtel

GSM-900/1800 (EDGE), GPRS,
2100 MHz HSPA, UMTS, HSPA+,
900 (B8)/ 1800 (B3)/ 2100 (B1)/ 2300(B40) LTE, TD-LTE, FD-LTE, LTE-A, VoLTE, ViLTE,VoWIFI, [8] [10] WiFi

325.59[1] [11] 27.74%

Bharti Airtel Limited

4

BSNL [Note1 1] [12][13][14]

GSM-900/1800 (EDGE), GPRS, 2100 MHz HSPA, UMTS, HSDPA, TD-HSDPA, HSPA+, 2100 (B1) / 2500(B41) LTE, TD-LTE, VoLTE,[15]WiMAX, WiFi

120.42 [1] [Note2 1] [12] 10.26%

Government of India

Defunct OperatorsEdit

Operator Ceased Operations Fate Citation
Modi Telstra 2000 Merged into Axiata Spice Communications [16]
Hutch 2007 Bought by Vodafone Group [17]
Axiata Spice Communications 2008 Merged into Idea Cellular Limited [18]
S-Tel 2012 Licence cancelled by the Supreme Court of India [19]
Etisalat 2012 Licence cancelled by the Supreme Court of India [20]
Loop Mobile 2014 Ceased operations after expiration of licence [21][22]
Virgin Mobile India 2015 Merged into Tata Docomo [23]
T24 Mobile 2015 Merged into Tata Docomo [24]
Videocon 2016 Shut down following sale of spectrum to Bharti Airtel [25]
MTS India 2017 Merged into Reliance Communications [26][27]
Vodafone India 2018 Merged with Idea to form Vodafone Idea Limited [28]
Idea Cellular 2018 Merged with Vodafone to form Vodafone Idea Limited [28][29]
Aircel 2018 Bankrupt [30]
Telenor India 2018 Merged into Bharti Airtel [31][32][33]
Tata Docomo 2019 Merged into Bharti Airtel [34][35]
Reliance Communications 2019 Bankrupt [36]

Direct-To-Home (DTH) OperatorsEdit

As of 30 June 2019, there are 54.36 million active pay DTH subscribers in addition to free to air state owned Dth(dd free dish) in the country according to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).[37]

Rank Operator Subscribers (millions) Market share Ownership
1 DD Free Dish 35.00[38][39] Not Applicable (free to air) Prasar Bharati
2 Tata Sky 17.39[37][40] 32% Tata Sons (60%)
The Walt Disney Company (30%)
Temasek Holdings (10%)[41]
3

Dish TV

[43][44]

16.85[37][43]

31% Essel Group (100%)
4 Airtel digital TV 12.50[37][45] 23% Bharti Airtel Limited(100%)
5 Sun Direct 7.61[37] 14% Sun Network (80%)
Astro Group (20%)
Notes
  • DD free dish is Free To air Service hence their subscriber data is not shown in trai performance report.[37]
  • On 22 March 2018, Dish TV merged with d2h, creating the largest DTH provider in India.[42]

Wireline OperatorsEdit

Fixedline OperatorsEdit

As of 30 September 2019, there are 21.49 million wireline subscribers in India according to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).[1]

Rank Operator Subscribers (millions) Market share Ownership
1 BSNL[Note1 2] [12] 13.30 [Note2 2] [12] 61.93% Government of India
2 Airtel 4.31 20.06% Bharti Airtel
3 Tata Teleservices 1.81 8.46% Tata Group
4 Jio 0.85 3.99% Reliance Industries Limited
5 Reliance Communications 0.61 2.85% Reliance ADAG
6 Vodafone Idea 0.37 1.74% Vodafone Group (45.1%) Aditya Birla Group (26%) Axiata Group Berhad (8.17%)
7 Quadrant 0.20 0.97% Quadrant Infotech India Pvt. Ltd

Multiple-system Operators (MSOs)Edit

As of 1 January 2016, there are 415 MSOs (some also have an ISP license).[46]

  • A.Ptv Network
  • Advanced Multisystem Broadband Communication Pvt. Ltd
  • RCCNetwork Cable & Broadband services
  • Arasu Cable
  • Arkays Digital Media Cable
  • Asianet Satellite Communications Limited
  • Atria Convergence Technologies
  • Barasat Cable TV Network Pvt. Ltd
  • CableComm Services Pvt. Ltd
  • ChandparaCable TV Network Ltd
  • Channel 3
  • Darshan Pooja Cable TV Network
  • DEN Networks
  • Dew Shree Network
  • Digi Maharaja Cable Network
  • DIGICON
  • DL GTPL Cabnet Pvt. Ltd
  • Dolly Cable Network
  • DWL - Digital Space Link
  • Gujarat Telelink P Limited (GTPL)
  • Hathway
  • Home Cable Network Pvt Limited
  • ICE TV Pvt
  • IndusInd Media & Communication Ltd (IMCL)
  • JAK Communications
  • JPR Channel
  • Kailash Cable Network P Ltd
  • Kal Cables Pvt. Ltd
  • Kerala Communicators Cable Ltd
  • Kolkata Cable & Broadband Pariseva Ltd
  • Link Entertainment (Howrah Cable)
  • Live Satellite
  • Mahalakshmi Digital Cable (MLC Communications)
  • Manthan Digital/Manthan Broadband Services Pvt Ltd
  • Marine BizTV
  • Mohit Cable Vision
  • NXT Digital (Hinduja-HITS network)
  • Ortel Communications
  • Prem Channels Pvt Ltd
  • Ravi Cable Network
  • Ramtek City Cable Network
  • Rupnarayan Cable & Broadband Services Pvt Ltd
  • Reliance Digicom (ex Digicable)
  • RVR Infra
  • Sanjay Cable Network Pvt Ltd
  • Satellite Vision Cable TV & Broadband Services
  • Satellite Vision Pvt Limited
  • SCV
  • Seven Star Dot Com Pvt Ltd
  • Silver Line Broadband Services P Ltd
  • Siti Cable (Siti Network Limited)
  • Siti Vision Digital Media
  • Spectra Net Ltd
  • Star Broadband Services (India) P Ltd
  • STV Network
  • TACTV
  • UCN Cable Network Pvt. Ltd
  • Universal Communication System
  • You Telecom
  • Viom Networks

Internet service providers (ISPs)Edit

This is a list of internet service providers in India. There were 341 internet service providers (ISPs) offering broadband and narrow band internet services in India as of 30 June 2019.[37]

The following table shows the top 10 ISPs in India by total subscriber base as of 30 June 2019. Broadband is defined as "an always-on Internet connection with download speed of 512 kbit/s or above." The number of internet users are 665.31 million, out of which 70.72 million are narrow band subscribers and 594.38 million are broadband subscribers.[37]

Rank Provider Subscribers (Narrowband) Subscribers (Broadband) Subscribers (Total) Ownership
1 Reliance Jio 0 331255614 331255614 Reliance Industries Limited
2 Airtel 28960669 121488786 150449455 Bharti Airtel Limited
3 Vodafone Idea Limited 32781067 110522654 143303721 Vodafone Group (45.1%) Aditya Birla Group (26.0%) Axiata Group Berhad (8.17%)
4 BSNL 7873402 21928047 29801449 Government of India
5 Tata Teleservices 796090 1759618 2555708 Tata Group
6 ACT Fibernet 0 1449044 1449044 TA Associates
7 MTNL 251982 956778 1208760 Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited
8 Hathway 0 835987 835987 Reliance Industries Limited
9 You Broadband Limited 14816 743593 758409 Vodafone Idea Limited
10 GTPL Broadband Pvt. Ltd. 0 290968 290968 GTPL

Other notable ISPsEdit

Provider Ownership
APSFL Government of Andhra Pradesh
Asianet Broadband Rajan Raheja Group
DEN Networks Reliance Industries
Kerala Vision KCCL
RailTel Corporation of India Government of India
Sify Sify Group
Spectranet Shyam Telecom Limited
Tata Communications Tata Group (45%)
Government of India (35%)
Tata Sky Tata Sons (60%)
Walt Disney Company (30%)
Temasek Holdings (10%)
Tikona Infinet Limited Goldman Sachs (40.1%)

For enterprise/wholesale onlyEdit

Provider Ownership
CtrlS Datacenters Ltd CtrlS Labs Limited
ERNET Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology
GAILTEL Government of India
National Knowledge Network
(for educational institutions only)
Government of India
PowerGrid Government of India
Tulip Telecom Tulip Enterprises
Notes
  1. On 28 February 2018 Aircel filed for bankruptcy at NCLT and a substantial number of customers has migrated to other services due to closing down of most of the consumer services.[47][48]
  2. The services of Telenor India has been merged with Airtel on 14 May 2018.[49]
  3. On 31 August 2018, Vodafone India has been merged with Idea Cellular and renamed as Vodafone Idea Limited.
  4. The consumer mobile businesses of Tata Docomo, Tata Teleservices (TTSL) and Tata Teleservices Maharashtra Limited (TTML) have been merged into Bharti Airtel from 1 July 2019.

Telecom R&D firmsEdit

See alsoEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ BSNL and MTNL merger approved by Government of India.
  2. ^ BSNL and MTNL merger approved by Government of India.
  1. ^ After adding subscribers of MTNL to BSNL, because MTNL will merge with BSNL.
  2. ^ After adding subscribers of MTNL to BSNL, because MTNL will merge with BSNL.

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