List of telecom companies in India

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Mobile network operators[edit]

The total number of wireless subscribers in India reached 1,183.41 million at the end of March 2018.[1]

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

2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+ LTE Band 3 (1800 MHz), LTE Band 41 (2500 MHz),

2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+ LTE Band 3 (1800 MHz)[3] VoLTE

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

2

Airtel - Tata Docomo - Airtel Telenor [4].

GSM-900/1800 (EDGE) 2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+. LTE Band 3 (1800 MHz), LTE Band 40 (2300 MHz), LTE Advanced VoLTE

Airtel - 346.67

Tata Docomo - 31.24

Airtel - 28.91%

Tata Docomo - 2.64%

Bharti Enterprises (64%) SingTel (36%)

3

Reliance Jio

LTE Band 5 (850 MHz),
LTE Band 3 (1800 MHz),
LTE Band 40 (2300 MHz), LTE Advanced VoLTE

Jio- 186.56 RCom- 0.24

Jio- 20% RCom- 0.02%

Reliance Industries

4

BSNL Mobile - MTNL

GSM-900/1800 (EDGE) 2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+ CdmaOne, EVDO WiMAX WiFi LTE Band 5 (850 MHz), LTE Band 3 (1800 MHz), LTE Band 40 (2300 MHz), GSM-900 MHz (EDGE) 2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA

BSNL-111.71

MTNL-3.56

BSNL- 9.44%

MTNL- 0.30%

State-Owned
5

Aircel (bankrupt)[5]

GSM-900/1800 (EDGE) 2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+ 2300 MHz TD-LTE

74.20 6.27% Maxis Communications (74%)

Sindya Securities and Investments (26%)

Note:

  • Vodafone and Idea have been sanctioned by the NCLT for a merger. Such a merger would render them the world's second-largest telcom company.[6]
  • Reliance Communications and its subsidiaries plan to exit their state of insolvency and reduce their debt of 46,000 crore rupees by selling physical assets such as towers and fiber optic networks, as well as part of its bandwidth, to Reliance Jio.[7]
  • Aircel has filed for bankruptcy to the NCLT using section ten of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code that is part of the Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (CIRP).[5][8]

Landline operators[edit]

As of March 31st, 2018, there are 22.81 million wired subscribers in India in total.

Rank Operator Subscribers[9]
(in millions)
Market Share[10] Ownership
1 BSNL 12.267 53.78% State-owned
2 AirTel 3.932 17.24% Private
3 MTNL 3.347 14.67% State-owned
4 Tata 1.876 8.22% Private
5 Reliance 0.923 4.05% Private
6 Quadrant 0.244 1.07% Private
7 Vodafone 0.221 0.97% Private

Direct-To-Home (DTH) operators[edit]

India is the largest DTH market in the world by number of subscribers.

As of September 30th, 2017, there are 66.09 million paid DTH subscribers in the country.[11]

Rank Operator Launch Date Subscribers

(in millions)

Ownership
1 Dish TV 2003 15.86+12.5=28.1[12][13] Zee Entertainment Enterprises
2 Tata Sky 2006 15.86 [14] Tata Sons (60%)
21st Century Fox (30%)
Temasek Holdings (10%)[15]
3 Sun Direct 2007 6.61 Sun Network (80%)
Astro Group (20%)
4 Airtel digital TV 2008 13.88 [16] Bharti Airtel Limited

Multiple-system operators (MSOs)[edit]

As of January 1st, 2016, there are 415 MSOs (some also have an ISP license).[17]

Internet service providers (ISPs)[edit]

As of June 30th, 2016, there are 244 ISP providers, including mobile, CDMA, and broadband providers.[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Press Release on Telecom Subscription Data". Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. 
  2. ^ "Vodafone, Idea Cellular to merge". Firstpost. 
  3. ^ "Idea covers 10 telecom circles with its world class 4G LTE services". Idea Cellular. 
  4. ^ "Tata Teleservices to merge consumer business with Bharti Airtel". EconomicTimes. 
  5. ^ a b "With Aircel filing for bankruptcy, consolidation in the Indian telecom sector is almost over". www.businesstoday.in. Retrieved 2018-03-01. 
  6. ^ Pandey, Navadha (2018-01-12). "NCLT approves Idea-Vodafone merger". livemint.com. Retrieved 2018-01-24. 
  7. ^ www.ETTelecom.com. "RCom shares gain after telco moves NCLAT - ET Telecom". ETTelecom.com. Retrieved 2018-05-23. 
  8. ^ Sandeep Kumar Jain (2016). "Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process under the Bankruptcy Code and its impact on the Companies" (PDF). TheCompaniesAct2013. Retrieved 20 June 2018. 
  9. ^ "Highlights of Telecom Subscription Data as on 28th February, 2018". Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. 
  10. ^ "Highlights of Telecom Subscription Data as on 31st March, 2018" (PDF). 
  11. ^ "The Indian Telecom Services Performance Indicators" (PDF) (Press release). TRAI. 30 September 2017. Retrieved 28 December 2017. 
  12. ^ https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/media/entertainment/media/dish-tv-india-videocon-d2h-merger-completed/articleshow/63414778.cms
  13. ^ "Dish TV's Q1 subs adds strong, EBITDA up 12% amid flat ARPU | TelevisionPost.com". www.televisionpost.com. Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  14. ^ "With DTH evolution, life is not so 'jhingalala' for Tata Sky - The Economic Times". Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  15. ^ http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/companies/tata-sky-to-invest-rs-1000-cr-for-tech-upgrade/article5022824.ece
  16. ^ "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. 
  17. ^ "Highlights of Telecom Subscription Data" (PDF). TRAI. TRAI. 
  18. ^ "Highlights of Telecom Subscription Data" (PDF). TRAI. TRAI. 30 June 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2017. 

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