Friday, December 18, 2015

The Rise of Broadband Subscribers in India

Broadband usage is steadily increasing across India. This growth is expected to continue for reasons that are rather obvious. High-speed, easy access, and seamless service have contributed to the appeal of broadband internet to users.

Growth of Broadband Subscribers
India’s telecom watchdog, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) revealed that the number of broadband users increased by 4.1% from June to July this year. It grew from 108.85 million to 113.32 million. Within the sector, mobile phone and dongle users contributed to the highest growth, with mobile device users increasing by 4.68%, from 92.7 million to 97.04 million, within a span of just one month.

Based on the information given by service providers, TRAI stated that wired subscribers increased from 15.7 million to 15.84, showing a small growth of 0.9%. On the other hand, fixed wireless subscribers decreased from 4.5 lakhs to 4.4 lakhs, showing a fall of 2.84%. Fixed wireless service includes WiFi, Point to Point Radio, WiMax, and VSAT.

During the end of July, 83.83% of the market share of all broadband users was held by the top 5 service providers. Bharti Airtel had the highest number of users, with 26.51 million subscribers, closely followed by Vodafone, which served 22.71 million customers. Bharti Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) was at third position with 18.43 million subscribers, followed by Idea Cellular Limited with 17.43 million users, and Reliance Communications Group with 9.93 million subscribers.

Among wired broadband service providers, BSNL topped the list with 9.92 million users; Bharti Airtel was next with 1.5 million subscribers, followed by Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL), with 1.13 million customers. Interestingly, regional companies like Atria Convergence Technologies and YOU Broadband were seen in the top 5 list. Atria Convergence was at the 4th place with 0.75 million users while YOU Broadband was ranked 5th with 0.47 million subscribers.

Another list with the top 5 wireless broadband service providers had Bharti Airtel at the top with 25.01 million users. Vodafone was ranked second with 22.70 million subscribers, while Idea Cellular was third, with 17.42 million customers. The next two names that followed were Reliance Communications Group and BSNL, with 9.81 million and 8.51 million users, respectively.

Tikona Digital Networks
Founded in 2008, Tikona Digital Networks is one of the leading broadband service providers in India. It serves 2.75 lakh customers, across 25 cities in the country. Affordable rates, efficient service, and a superior experience are what draw customers to Tikona.

With a variety of plans, users can choose packages that suit their usage requirements. 4 Mbps plans are available for as little as INR 600 per month, with a 15 GB data cap. Users with higher data requirements can opt for 4 Mbps plans with a 50 GB data limit at a cost of just INR 200 more. Whichever plan you choose, you can be sure to get value for money when dealing with Tikona.


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