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List of telecom companies in India

The total number of telephone subscribers in India reached 1,205.40 million as on 28 February 2019. The number of wireless subscribers are 1,183.68 million and the number of wireline subscribers are 21.72 million.[1]

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Wireless operatorsEdit

As of 28 february 2019, there are 1,183.68 million wireless subscribers in India. [1]

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

Vodafone Idea Ltd.

GSM-900/1800 (EDGE),
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+,
LTE Band 8 (900 MHz),
LTE Band 3 (1800 MHz),[2]
LTE Band 1 (2100 MHz),
LTE Band 40 (2300 MHz),
LTE Band 41 (2500 MHz),
LTE-A,
VoLTE

409.37 34.58%

Vodafone Group (45.1%)
Aditya Birla Group (26%)
Axiata Group Berhad
Providence Equity (28.9%)

2

airtel+Tata DoCoMo

GSM-900/1800 (EDGE),
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+,
LTE Band 8 (900 MHz),
LTE Band 3 (1800 MHz),
LTE Band 1 (2100 MHz),
LTE Band 40 (2300 MHz),
LTE-A,
VoLTE,
ViLTE,
WiFi

357.40

[340.31+17.09]

[28.75+1.44]%

30.34%

Bharti Enterprises (64%)
SingTel (36%)

3

Jio

LTE Band 5 (850 MHz),
LTE Band 3 (1800 MHz),
LTE Band 40 (2300 MHz),
LTE-A,
VoLTE,
VoWIFI,[3]
ViLTE,
WiFi

300 25.80%

Reliance Industries Limited

4

BSNL+MTNL

GSM-900/1800 (EDGE),
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+,
WiMAX,
WiFi,
LTE Band 1 (2100 MHz),
LTE Band 41 (2500 MHz),
VoLTE [4]

118.78

[115.36+3.42]

10.05%

[9.76+0.29]%

State-Owned

NOTE

  • Airtel has acquired Telenor India in May 2018 and has almost acquired Tata Teleservices Consumer mobile business.
  • On 31 August 2018, Vodafone and Idea merged to form the world's second-largest telecom company, and the largest in India and officially known as Vodafone Idea Limited.[5]
  • RCom has terminated its asset sale plan with Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio), blaming lack of consent from its lenders and permissions from telecom department for the deal fall out among other reasons. "The agreements dated 28th December 2017 and 11th August 2018 entered into between RCom, RTL, RITL (RCOM Group) and RJIL respectively for sale of certain specified telecom assets have been terminated by mutual agreement," said the telco in a regulatory filing
  • In October 2017, Bharti Airtel announced its acquisition of Tata DoCoMo having roughly 40 million subscriber

Wireline operatorsEdit

As of 31 January 2019, there are 21.79 million wireline subscribers in India. [1]

Rank Operator Subscribers (millions) Market Share Ownership
1 BSNL 11.34 52.07% State-owned
2 AirTel 4.07 18.69% Private
3 MTNL 3.25 14.95% State-owned
4 Tata 1.84 8.47% Private
5 Reliance 0.75 3.46% Private
6 Vodafone Idea limited 0.28 1.33% Private
7 Quadrant 0.22 1.03% Private

Direct-To-Home (DTH) operatorsEdit

As of September 30, 2017, there are 66.09 million pay DTH subscribers in the country.[6]

Rank Operator Launch Date Subscribers (in millions) Ownership
1 DD Free Dish 2004 30[7] Prasar Bharati
2 2003

2015 2009

[9][10]

28.1[9]

Essel Group (100%)
3 Tata Sky 2006 15.86 [11] Tata Sons (60%)
21st Century Fox (30%)
Temasek Holdings (10%)[12]
4 Airtel digital TV 2008 13.88 [13] Bharti Airtel Limited
5 Independent TV 2018 23.50 Pantel Technologies Pvt Ltd.(50%)
Veecon Media & Television Ltd (VMTL).(50%)
6 Sun Direct 2007 6.61 Sun Network (80%)
Astro Group (20%)

NOTE

  • On 22 March 2018, Dish TV merged with d2h, creating the largest DTH provider in India.[8]

Multiple-system operators (MSOs)Edit

As of January 1, 2016, there are 415 MSOs (some also have an ISP license).[14]

Internet service providers (ISPs)Edit

As of June 30, 2016, there are 244 ISP providers, including mobile, CDMA, and broadband providers.[15]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Press Release on Telecom Subscription Data as on 31st January, 2019" (PDF). Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. 20 March 2019. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Idea covers 10 telecom circles with its world class 4G LTE services". Idea Cellular.
  3. ^ www.themobileindian.com. "Reliance Jio spotted conducting trials for VoWiFi". themobileindian.com. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  4. ^ www.telecomtalk.info. "BSNL 4G VoLTE Service Live in Certain Circles". telecomtalk.info. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  5. ^ Pandey, Navadha (2018-01-12). "NCLT approves Idea-Vodafone merger". livemint.com. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  6. ^ "The Indian Telecom Services Performance Indicators" (PDF) (Press release). TRAI. 30 September 2017. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  7. ^ Laghate, Gaurav (2018-09-21). "DD FreeDish's free service a concern for broadcasters". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  8. ^ a b "Dish TV India, Videocon d2h merger completed". The Economic Times. 22 March 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  9. ^ a b https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/media/entertainment/media/dish-tv-india-videocon-d2h-merger-completed/articleshow/63414778.cms
  10. ^ "Dish TV's Q1 subs adds strong, EBITDA up 12% amid flat ARPU | TelevisionPost.com". www.televisionpost.com. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  11. ^ "With DTH evolution, life is not so 'jhingalala' for Tata Sky - The Economic Times". Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  12. ^ http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/companies/tata-sky-to-invest-rs-1000-cr-for-tech-upgrade/article5022824.ece
  13. ^ "Airtel Digital TV's Q1 net subs adds highest in 4 years, EBITDA up 9.5% QoQ | TelevisionPost.com". www.televisionpost.com. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  14. ^ "Highlights of Telecom Subscription Data" (PDF). TRAI. TRAI.
  15. ^ "Highlights of Telecom Subscription Data" (PDF). TRAI. TRAI. 30 June 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2017.

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