India, a dominant presence in the global mobile industry, has over 683 million active mobile connections at the end of March 2012, as reported by MediaNama. According to the report Vodafone’s total subscriber base went up by 1.02 million to 150.46 million, while its active connection base increased by 2.46 million to 133.49 million for the month, indicating that while connections did port out, more connections became active during the month for the telco. Idea Cellular, which has reported the highest percentage of active subscribers since the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) made reporting such information mandatory, reported the highest increase in active subscribers of 2.49 million, with a total base of 105.34 million, and 93.45 percent of its connection base active.
As per the report, Bharti Airtel added 2.50 million connections, taking its connection base to 181.28 million, with 166.28 million of this base active. Airtel has 24.35 percent of the total active connection base. Vodafone added 1.025 million connections, but grew its active connection base by 2.46 million, taking its connection base to 150.46 million, with 133.49 million active. Vodafone has 19.54 percent of the total active connection base.
Idea Cellular added 2.01 million connections, taking its base to 112.72 million, with 105.34 million connections active. Idea Cellular has 15.42 percent of the total active connection base. Reliance Communications (RCOM) 1.04 million connections, taking its base to 153.05 million. However, only 65.39 percent of this base is active – just 100.07 million active connections. RCOM has 14.65 percent of the total active connection base. Public owned telco BSNL has a connection base of 98.51 million, with as little as 53.92 percent of its base - 53.11 million – active. It has 7.78 percent of the total active connection base.
The report highlights that among the new telcos, Uninor added 1.29 million connections, taking its connection base to 42.43 million, but only 24.25 million (57.17) of this base is active. Uninor, which is targeting 8 percent of India’s mobile base, currently accounts for 3.55 percent of the country’s active connection base.