Number of new telecom subscribers dips in April (Lead)

June 1st, 2009 - 5:38 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 1 (IANS) The Indian telecom industry saw a dip in the number of new subscribers in April - 11.75 million telephone connections were added, compared to 15.87 million in March, an official statement said here Monday.
The number of telephone connections reached 441.47 million in April from 429.72 million a month before, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said in a statement.

“We saw a huge rush from Aircel and Reliance in March due to their aggressive marketing and competitive pricing policy, which helped in getting a record number of subscribers,” Mahesh Uppal, director of consultancy firm Com First India, told IANS.

Explaining the reason behind the dip in April, he said: “Once the people get their connections, the rush will slow down… There is a limit to the number of phones a person can buy.”

Overall tele-density reached 37.94 from 36.98.

The total wireless subscribers (GSM, CDMA and wireless local loop-fixed base) stood at 403.66 million with addition of 11.90 million subscribers in April, the statement said.

Additions to the number of wireless subscribers also dipped after reporting a record 15.64 million new connections in March.

In the wireline segment, the subscriber base decreased 0.15 million to 37.81 million in April from 37.96 million.

However, the number of broadband subscribers grew from 6.22 million to 6.28 million.

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