List of telecom companies in India

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The total number of telephone subscribers in India reached 1,179.32 million as on 31st July 2018. The number of wireless subscribers are 1,157.04 million and the number of wireline subscribers are 22.27 million. [1]

Mobile network operators[edit]

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

GSM-900/1800 (EDGE) 2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+ LTE Band 3 (1800 MHz)[2] LTE Band 40 (2300 MHz) LTE Band 41 (2500 MHz) VoLTE

443.94 38.37%

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

2 Airtel

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

344.87 29.81%

Bharti Enterprises (64%) SingTel (36%)

3 Jio

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

252.30 (30 Sept) 19.62%

Reliance Industries

4

BSNL

GSM-900/1800 (EDGE) 2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+ WiMAX WiFi LTE Band 1 (2100 MHz)

113.34 9.80%

State-Owned

5

MTNL

GSM-900/1800 (EDGE) 2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+ WiMAX WiFi LTE Band 1 (2100 MHz)

3.51 0.30%

State-Owned

6 Tata DoCoMo [3] 24.26 2.10% Tata Teleservices

Note:

  • 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.[4].
  • Reliance Communications and its subsidiaries plan to 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.[5] From 29 December 2017, the company ended its 2G and 3G service (including all voice service), offering only 4G data service and retail service customers.

Landline operators[edit]

As of 31 July 2018, there are 22.27 million wired subscribers in India in total. [1]

Rank Operator Subscribers (in millions) Market Share Ownership
1 BSNL 11.78 52.92% State-owned
2 AirTel 3.95 17.80% Private
3 MTNL 3.30 14.85% State-owned
4 Tata 1.86 8.39% Private
5 Reliance 0.85 3.85% Private
6 Vodafone 0.24 1.09% Private
7 Quadrant 0.23 1.07% 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 pay DTH subscribers in the country.[6]

On 22 March 2018, Dish TV merged with Videocon d2h, creating the largest DTH provider in India.[7]

Rank Operator Launch Date Subscribers (in millions) Ownership
1 2003

2009

15.86 [9][10]

12.50 [11]

Essel Group (55%)

Videocon Group (45%)

2 Tata Sky 2006 15.86 [12] Tata Sons (60%)
21st Century Fox (30%)
Temasek Holdings (10%)[13]
3 Airtel digital TV 2008 13.88 [14] Bharti Airtel Limited
4 Independent TV
(formerly Reliance Big TV)
01 March 2018 10.05 Pantel Technologies Pvt Ltd.
Veecon Media & Television Ltd (VMTL).
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 July 2018" (PDF). Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Idea covers 10 telecom circles with its world class 4G LTE services". Idea Cellular.
  3. ^ "Tata Teleservices to merge consumer business with Bharti Airtel". EconomicTimes.
  4. ^ Pandey, Navadha (2018-01-12). "NCLT approves Idea-Vodafone merger". livemint.com. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  5. ^ www.ETTelecom.com. "RCom shares gain after telco moves NCLAT - ET Telecom". ETTelecom.com. Retrieved 2018-05-23.
  6. ^ "The Indian Telecom Services Performance Indicators" (PDF) (Press release). TRAI. 30 September 2017. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Dish TV India, Videocon d2h merger completed". The Economic Times. 22 March 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  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. ^ https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/media/entertainment/media/dish-tv-india-videocon-d2h-merger-completed/articleshow/63414778.cms
  12. ^ "With DTH evolution, life is not so 'jhingalala' for Tata Sky - The Economic Times". Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  13. ^ http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/companies/tata-sky-to-invest-rs-1000-cr-for-tech-upgrade/article5022824.ece
  14. ^ "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.
  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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