List of telecom companies in India

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The total number of telephone subscribers in India reached 1183.15 million as on 31 May 2019. The number of wireless subscribers are 1161.86 million and the number of wireline subscribers are 21.29 million.[1]

Wireless Operators[edit]

As of 31 May 2019, there are 1161.86 million wireless subscribers in India. [1]

Mobile Operators[edit]

Rank Operator Technology Active Users[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 [3] [4]

387.59 [5] [1] 33.36%

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

2

Airtel
(including Tata Docomo subscriber data)

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,
VoWIFI, [6] [7]
WiFi

331.94 [1] [8]

(320.44+11.50)

28.57%

(27.58+0.99)

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,[9] [6]
ViLTE,
WiFi

322.99[1] [10] 27.80%

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 [11]

119.43 [1]

(115.95 + 3.48)

10.28%

(9.98% + 0.30%)

State-Owned

Notes[edit]

  • 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.[13]
  • 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.

Notable defunct operators[edit]

Following the launch of Reliance Jio, mobile operators faced stiff competition in the Indian market. This led to the closure of many of these operators.

Operator Fate Ceased Operations Citation
Hutch Bought by Vodafone Group 2007 [14]
Vodafone India Merged with Idea to form Vodafone-Idea 2018 [15]
Idea Cellular Merged with Vodafone to form Vodafone-Idea 2018 [15]
Virgin Mobile India Merged into Tata DoCoMo 2015 [16]
Aircel Bankrupt 2018 [17]
Reliance Communications Bankrupt 2019 [18]
Tata Docomo Merged with Bharti Airtel 2019 [19][20]
MTS India Merged with Reliance Communications 2017 [21][22]
Videocon Shut down following sale of spectrum to Bharti Airtel 2016 [23]
Telenor India Takeover by Bharti Airtel 2018 [24][25]
Loop Mobile Ceased operations after expiration of licence 2014 [26][27]
S-Tel License quashed by the Supreme Court of India 2012 [28]
Etisalat License quashed by the Supreme Court of India 2012 [29]
Axiata Spice Communications Merged into Idea Cellular Limited 2008 [30]
Modi Telstra Merged into Axiata Spice Communications 2000 [31]

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

As of December 30, 2018, there are 70.49 million pay DTH subscribers in the country.[32]

Rank Operator Launch Date Subscribers (in millions) Ownership
1 DD Free Dish 2004 35.00 [33]

[34]

Prasar Bharati
2 2003

2015
2009

[36][37]

28.19[32][36]

Essel Group (100%)
3 Tata Sky 2006 17.62 [32] [38] Tata Sons (60%)
The Walt Disney Company (30%)
Temasek Holdings (10%)[39]
4 Airtel digital TV 2008 15.50 [32] [40] Bharti Airtel Limited(100%)
5 Sun Direct 2007 8.45 [32] Sun Network (80%)
Astro Group (20%)
6 Independent TV 2018 0.70 [32] Pantel Technologies Pvt Ltd.(50%)
Veecon Media & Television Ltd (VMTL).(50%)

NOTE

  • DD free dish is Free To air Service hence their subscriber data is not clearly shown in trai performance report.[32]
  • On 22 March 2018, Dish TV merged with d2h, creating the largest DTH provider in India.[35]


Wireline operators[edit]

Fixedline operators[edit]

As of 31 May 2019, there are 21.29 million wireline subscribers in India. [1]

Rank Operator Subscribers (millions) Market Share Ownership
1 BSNL 10.74 50.46% State-owned
2 Airtel 4.25 19.99% Private
3 MTNL 3.28 15.14% State-owned
4 Tata 1.82 8.55% Private
5 Reliance 0.67 3.18% Private
6 Vodafone Idea Ltd. 0.35 1.65% Private
7 Quadrant 0.21 1.03% Private

Multiple-system operators (MSOs)[edit]

As of January 1, 2016, there are 415 MSOs (some also have an ISP license).[41]

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  • A.Ptv Network (Cable TV Network)
  • Advanced Multisystem Broadband Communication Pvt. Ltd
  • Arasu Cable
  • Arkays Digital Media Cable R.ROHITH
  • Asianet - Kerala
  • Atria Convergence Technologies
  • Barasat Cable TV Network Pvt. Ltd
  • CableComm Services Pvt. Ltd
  • ChandparaCable TV Network Ltd
  • Channel 3
  • Darshan Pooja Cable TV Network
  • DEN Networks
  • Dew Shree Network, Surat
  • Digi Maharaja Cable Network
  • DIGICON,(Tamilnadu,India)
  • DL GTPL Cabnet Pvt. Ltd, Surat Jignesh Movaliya +255718266766
  • Dolly Cable Network - Bhanwar Singh Camp, Vasant Vihar
  • DWL - Digital Space Link (Nagpur)
  • FASTWAY TRANSMISSION P LTD
  • Gujarat Telelink P Limited (GTPL)
  • Hathway
  • Home Cable Network Pvt Limited
  • ICE TV Pvt
  • IndusInd Media & Communication Ltd (IMCL)
  • JAK Communications
  • JPR Channel
  • Kailash Cable Network P Ltd
  • Kal Cables Pvt. Ltd
  • Kerala Communicators Cable Ltd. (Kerala)
  • Kolkata Cable & Broadband Pariseva Ltd
  • Link Entertainment (Howrah Cable)
  • Live Satellite
  • Manthan Digital|Manthan Broadband Services Pvt.Ltd
  • Marine BizTV
  • Mohit Cable Vision
  • NXT Digital(Hinduja-HITS network) Digital CaTV Engineer Jignesh Movaliya +255718266766
  • Ortel Communications
  • Prem Channels Pvt Ltd (Parmesh and Shashi Verma, Gurgaon)
  • Ravi Cable Network
  • Ramtek City Cable Network, Shitalwadi(Madankar)
  • Reliance Digicom (ex Digicable)
  • RSSV DIGITAL CABLE TV NETWORK PVT. LTD. - DELHI (INDIA)
  • RVR Infra (Hyderabad)
  • Sanjay Cable Network P Ltd
  • Satellite Vision Cable TV & Broadband Services Mumbai
  • Satellite Vision Pvt Limited
  • SCV
  • Seven Star Dot Com Pvt Ltd
  • Shri Balaji Cable Network in Gurgaon
  • Silver Line Broadband Services P LtD
  • Siti Cable (Siti Network Limited)
  • Siti Vision Digital Media
  • Spectra Net Ltd
  • Star Broadband Services (India) P Ltd
  • STAR NET ORISSA
  • STV Network
  • TACTV
  • UCN Cable Network Pvt. Ltd. (Nagpur)
  • Universal Communication System
  • You Telecom
  • VBN VISION BHAARATH VIRTUAL BROADCAST DIGITAL CABLE TV Wi-Fi BROADBANAD NETWORK COMMUNICATIONS
  • NEWS5EXPRESS VIRTUALBROADCAST Wi-Fi BROADBANAD NETWORK COMMUNICATIONS


Internet service providers (ISPs)[edit]

This is a list of internet service providers in India. There were 326 internet service providers (ISPs) offering broadband and narrow band internet services in India as of 31 December 2018.[32]

The following table shows the top 10 ISPs in India by total subscriber base as of 31 December 2018. Broadband is defined as "an always-on Internet connection with download speed of 512 kbit/s or above." The number of internet users are 604.21 million, out of which 78.85 million are narrow band subscribers and 252.35 million are broadband subscribers.[32]

Rank ISP Narrowband Broadband Total
1 Jio 0 280117768 280117768
2 Vodafone Idea Ltd. 42558566 107915569 150474135
3 Airtel 26868538 107073051 133941589
4 BSNL 7921284 20553096 28474380
5 Tata Teleservices 1014993 2258611 3273604
6 MTNL 423004 1171350 1594354
7 ACT Fibernet 0 1390471 1390471
8 Hathway 13 781778 781791
9 You broadband 14916 709797 724713
10 GTPL Broadband Pvt. Ltd. 0 263694 263694

Note:

  1. On 28 February 2018 Aircel filed for bankruptcy at NCLT and a substantial number of customers has migrated to other services due to closing down of most of the consumer services.[42][43]
  2. The services of Telenor India has been merged with Airtel on 14 May 2018.[44]
  3. On 31 August 2018, Vodafone India has been merged with Idea Cellular and renamed as Vodafone Idea Limited.

Other notable ISPs[edit]

ISP Coverage area
APSFL Andhra Pradesh
Asianet Broadband Kerala, Tamil Nadu
DEN Networks
Kerala Vision Kerala
RailTel Corporation of India State-owned ISP with pan-India optic fiber network along Railway track
Sify
Spectranet Delhi NCR, Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune
Tata Communications
Tikona Infinet Limited

Enterprise/wholesale only[edit]

Telecom R&D Firms in India[edit]

Name Headquarters As of
MYMO Wireless Bangalore March 2018
Tejas Networks Bangalore March 2018
Vihaan Networks Gurgaon March 2018
Azcom Technologies Gurgaon March 2018
Sterlite Technologies Pune March 2018
Sasken Bangalore March 2018


See also[edit]

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