List of telecom companies in India

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Mobile network operators[edit]

The total number of wireless subscribers in India reached 1,131.01 million at the end of May 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 [4].

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

Airtel - 344.51

Tata Docomo - 27.60

Airtel - 30.46%

Tata Docomo - 2.44%

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- 215 RCom- 0.23

Jio- 18.17% 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-112.87

MTNL-3.51

BSNL- 9.98%

MTNL- 0.31%

State-Owned

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.[5]
  • 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.[6]

Landline operators[edit]

As of 30 April, 2018, there are 22.64 million wired subscribers in India in total. [1]

Rank Operator Subscribers Market Share Ownership
1 BSNL 12.119 53.52% State-owned
2 AirTel 3.933 17.37% Private
3 MTNL 3.332 14.72% State-owned
4 Tata 1.883 8.31% Private
5 Reliance 0.908 4.01% Private
6 Quadrant 0.241 1.07% Private
7 Vodafone 0.226 1.00% Private

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

India is the largest DTH market in the world by number of subscribers. Five Pay DTH brands are available in India are listed below.

As of September 30th, 2017, there are 66.09 million pay DTH subscribers in the country.[7]

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

Rank Operator Launch Date Subscribers

(in millions)

Ownership
1 Dish TV 2003 15.86 [9][10] Essel Group
2 Tata Sky 2006 15.86 [11] Tata Sons (60%)
21st Century Fox (30%)
Temasek Holdings (10%)[12]
3 Airtel digital TV 2008 13.88 [13] Bharti Airtel Limited
4 Videocon d2h 2009 12.50 [14] Essel Group (55%)

Videocon Group (45%)

5 Sun Direct 2007 6.61 Sun Network (80%)
Astro Group (20%)

Multiple-system operators (MSOs)[edit]

As of January 1st, 2016, there are 415 MSOs (some also have an ISP license).[15]

Internet service providers (ISPs)[edit]

As of June 30th, 2016, there are 244 ISP providers, including mobile, CDMA, and broadband providers.[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "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. ^ Pandey, Navadha (2018-01-12). "NCLT approves Idea-Vodafone merger". livemint.com. Retrieved 2018-01-24. 
  6. ^ www.ETTelecom.com. "RCom shares gain after telco moves NCLAT - ET Telecom". ETTelecom.com. Retrieved 2018-05-23. 
  7. ^ "The Indian Telecom Services Performance Indicators" (PDF) (Press release). TRAI. 30 September 2017. Retrieved 28 December 2017. 
  8. ^ "Dish TV India, Videocon d2h merger completed". The Economic Times. 22 March 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2018. 
  9. ^ 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. ^ https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/media/entertainment/media/dish-tv-india-videocon-d2h-merger-completed/articleshow/63414778.cms
  15. ^ "Highlights of Telecom Subscription Data" (PDF). TRAI. TRAI. 
  16. ^ "Highlights of Telecom Subscription Data" (PDF). TRAI. TRAI. 30 June 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2017. 

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