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India - Major Telecommunications Operators

  • October 2015
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 77 pages

The dynamic Indian telecommunications market has one particularly compelling feature the large number of significant operators. As the market constantly adjusts to the changing pressures and demands, takeovers and mergers ensure that some level of equilibrium is maintained. In the meantime, we have seen significant shifts in market share among the players. Of course it is the country's booming mobile segment in which the major battles are being fought. Three major private players Bharti, Reliance and Vodafone - with a formidable 58% share of the market between them coming into 2015 - lead a large field of mobile operators. State-owned enterprises BSNL and MTNL had also been making their presence felt with a combined market share of 12%. However, BSNL and MTNL have major financial issues to address, and by early 2015, there market share had dropped to 9%. Although the fixed-line telephony market in India has seen little growth of late (and is in fact shrinking), it remains an important segment of the overall market; the two state-owned operators still deliver the overwhelming majority of fixed-line services.

This report provides details of the major players in India's telecommunications market. The information offered includes comprehensive set of statistics covering the key areas in which the various telcos operate.


Key developments:
despite strong competition, the leading mobile operators in India have managed to hold market share and rankings;
in the aftermath of the 2G scandal a number of operators exited the market;
licence cancellations and other issues had effectively reduced India's 15-strong mobile sector to around seven or eight main players coming into 2015;
further rationalisation of the market is anticipated;
the regulators held a successful re-auction of 2G spectrum in 2014, after two unsuccessful attempts;
the government agreed to conciliation talks with Vodafone in their ongoing tax dispute;
however, the arbitration was delayed as two of the three-member arbitration panel quit;
the telecom minister ruled out the merger of BSNL and MTNL;
new player Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJI) delayed the launch of its 4G service in end 2015;
NTT DoCoMo confirmed that it was exiting its investment in Tata Teleservices.
TRAI moved to introduce virtual network operators (VNOs), with a new category of licence;
Bharti Airtel cancelled its plans to purchase the assets and subscribers of Loop Mobile;
this left Loop in an impossible situation, inevitably exiting the market;
Reliance Communications was in talks with Sistema about a potential merger.



Companies mentioned in this report:
Aircel/Dishnet, Bharti Airtel, Loop Mobile (BPL Mobile), Quadrant (HFCL), Idea/Spice, Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices, Vodafone Essar, Telewings (Uninor), Videocon, S Tel, Bharti Telenet, Reliance Infocomm, Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJI), Tata Teleservices, Sistema (Shyam Telelink), Swan Telecom, Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd (VSNL), Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL), Data Access, Hughes Telecom, Videocon, AT&T, France Telecom, SingTel, Hathway Cable, Datacom.

Table Of Contents

India - Major Telecommunications Operators
1. Synopsis
2. Major operators in India
2.1 Market overview
2.2 Unified Access Service Licences (UASL)
2.3 Mergers and acquisitions
2.4 BSNL/MTNL
3. Operator and market statistics
3.1 Mobile market
3.2 Fixed-line market
4. Aircel
4.1.1 Overview
4.1.2 Corporate structure
4.1.3 Background
4.1.4 3G and 4G development
5. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL)
5.2 Overview
5.3 Mobile business
5.3.1 Overview
5.3.2 Background
5.3.3 Network development
5.3.4 3G development
5.3.5 4G/LTE
5.4 Fixed-line business
5.4.1 Overview
5.4.2 Network development
5.4.3 Background
5.5 Broadband business
5.5.1 Wireless broadband
6. Bharti Airtel
6.1 Overview
6.2 Financials
6.3 Corporate structure
6.4 Mobile business
6.4.1 Overview
6.4.2 Background
6.4.3 3G development
6.4.4 4G / LTE
6.5 Fixed-line and broadband businesses
6.5.1 Overview
6.5.2 Background
6.6 International businesses
6.6.1 Submarine cable operations
6.6.2 Mobile operations
7. Hughes Telecom
8. Idea Cellular
8.1 Overview
8.2 Financials
8.3 Background
8.4 Corporate structure
8.5 3G development
8.6 4G / LTE
9. Loop Mobile
9.1 Overview
9.2 Bharti Airtel's proposed buy out
9.3 Deactivation of Loop's network
9.4 Background
10. Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL)
10.1 Overview
10.2 Corporate structure
10.3 Mobile business
10.3.1 Overview
10.3.2 Background
10.3.3 3G development
10.4 Fixed-line and broadband business
11. Quadrant
12. Reliance Communications
12.1 Overview
12.2 Financials
12.3 Corporate structure
12.4 Mobile business
12.4.1 Overview
12.4.2 Background
12.4.3 3G development
12.5 Fixed-line business
12.6 International business
13. Reliance Jio Infocomm
14. Sistema
14.1 Overview
14.2 Mobile business
14.3 Fixed-line business
15. Tata Teleservices
15.1 Overview
15.2 Corporate structure
15.3 Mobile business
15.3.1 Overview and statistics
15.3.2 Background
15.3.3 3G plans
15.4 Fixed-line business
15.4.1 Overview
15.4.2 Network development
15.5 International business: Tata Communications
15.5.1 Overview
15.5.2 Background
16. Telewings (formerly Uninor)
16.1 Overview
16.2 Problems following 2G licence cancellation
17. Videocon
18. Vodafone
18.1 Overview
18.2 Tax dispute
18.3 Financials
18.4 Corporate background
18.5 Operational background
18.6 Strategic development
18.7 3G
18.8 4G / LTE
18.9 Fixed-line business
19. Other operators and service providers
19.1 Mobile operators
19.1.1 Virgin Mobile
19.1.2 Reach mobile
19.2 MVNO market
19.3 Fixed network operators
19.3.1 ATandT
19.3.2 France Telecom
19.4 Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
19.4.1 Major ISPs
19.4.2 Internet telephony licences
19.5 Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT)
20. Former operators
20.1 Etisalat DB Telecom (Swan Telecom)
20.2 Spice Telecom
20.2.1 Overview
20.2.2 Corporate structure
20.2.3 Historical development
20.3 S Tel
20.3.1 Overview
21. Related reports
Table 1 Mobile operators and subscribers 2014
Table 2 Mobile operators - subscribers and annual change 2013
Table 3 Mobile operators subscribers and market share 2014
Table 4 GSM mobile operators, subscribers and market share 2014
Table 5 CDMA mobile operators, subscribers and market share 2014
Table 6 Overall mobile ARPU 2005 - 2014
Table 7 Mobile ARPU by technology, prepaid/postpaid/blended 2014
Table 8 Mobile ARPU by technology, prepaid/postpaid/blended 2013
Table 9 Mobile ARPU (blended) for selected operators March 2013
Table 10 Fixed-line subscribers by operator 2010 - 2014
Table 11 Aircel mobile subscribers 2004 - 2015
Table 12 BSNL mobile subscribers 2002 - 2014
Table 13 BSNL fixed-line subscribers 2002; 2012 - 2015
Table 14 Bharti Airtel mobile subscribers 2002 - 2015
Table 15 Bharti Airtel mobile ARPU 2004 - 2005; 2007 - 2015
Table 16 Bharti fixed-line subscribers 2002 - 2015
Table 17 Idea Cellular mobile subscribers 2002 - 2015
Table 18 Idea Cellular 3G mobile subscribers 2013 - 2015
Table 19 Idea Cellular mobile ARPU 2007 2011; 2013 - 2015
Table 20 Historical - Loop Mobile (BPL) mobile subscribers 2002 - 2014
Table 21 MTNL mobile subscribers 2002 - 2015
Table 22 MTNL fixed-line subscribers 2004; 2007; 2010 - 2015
Table 23 Quadrant mobile subscribers 2012 - 2015
Table 24 Quadrant fixed-line subscribers 2012 - 2015
Table 25 Reliance mobile subscribers 2002 - 2015
Table 26 Reliance 3G subscribers 2012 - 2015
Table 27 Reliance mobile ARPU 2007 - 2015
Table 28 Reliance fixed-line subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 29 Sistema mobile subscribers 2008 - 2015
Table 30 Sistema fixed-line subscribers 2010 - 2015
Table 31 Tata Teleservices mobile subscribers 2002 - 2015
Table 32 Tata fixed-line subscribers 2011 - 2015
Table 33 Telewings (formerly Uninor) mobile subscribers 2009 - 2015
Table 34 Videocon mobile subscribers 2010 - 2015
Table 35 Vodafone mobile subscribers 2002 2015
Table 36 Vodafone 3G mobile subscribers 2014 - 2015
Table 37 Vodafone - mobile ARPU 2008 - 2015
Table 38 Vodafone fixed-line subscribers 2011 - 2015
Table 39 Number of licensed ISPs 2002 2003; 2005; 2008 - 2013
Table 40 ISP market leading operators, subscribers and market share 2014
Table 41 VSAT service providers, subscribers and market share March 2015
Table 42 Historical - Etisalat mobile subscribers 2010 - 2012
Table 43 Historical - Spice Telecom mobile subscribers 2002 - 2008
Table 44 Historical - S Tel mobile subscribers 2009 - 2012
Chart 1 - Mobile operators and subscribers - 2013
Chart 2 - Mobile operators' market share by subscribers 2014
Chart 3 Market share of fixed-line basic services by operator 2014
Chart 4 - ISP market - leading operators, subscribers and market share - 2014
Exhibit 1 Fixed-line basic services by operator 2014
Exhibit 2 Major shareholders in Bharti Airtel March 2015
Exhibit 3 Bharti Airtel mobile operations - key statistics
Exhibit 4 Idea Cellular mobile operations - key statistics
Exhibit 5 Reliance Communications linked with Reliance Industries Ltd
Exhibit 6 Reliance Communications mobile operations - key statistics
Exhibit 7 Tata Teleservices mobile operations - key statistics
Exhibit 8 Vodafone mobile operations - key statistics

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