The number of telephone subscribers in India declined from 1,197.87 million at the end of Dec-18 to 1,183.51 million at the end of Mar-19, registering a decline rate of 1.20% over the previous quarter, according to the Indian Telecom Services Performance Indicator Report for the Quarter ending 31st March, 2019 released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India or TRAI. This reflected year-on-year (Y-O-Y) decline rate of 1.88% over the same quarter of last year. The overall Tele-density in India declined from 91.45 as on QE Dec-18 to 90.11 as on QE Mar-19.
Telephone subscription in Urban areas increased from 666.2 8million at the end of Dec-18 to 669.16 million at the end of Mar-19. However, Urban Tele-density slightly declined from 159.98 to 159.96 during the same period. Rural telephone subscription declined from 531.59 million at the end of Dec-18 to 514.35 million at the end of Mar-19 and Rural Tele-density also declined from 59.50 at the end of Dec-18 to 57.47 at the end of Mar-19.4.Out of the total subscription, the share of Rural subscription declined from 44.38% at the end of Dec-18to 43.46% at the end of Mar-19.
With a net decline of 14.19 million subscribers during the quarter, total wireless (GSM incl. LTE+CDMA) subscriber base declined from 1,176.00 million at the end of Dec-18to 1,161.81million at the end of Mar-19,registering a decline rate of 1.21% over the previous quarter. Wireless subscriptions declined year-on-year (Y-O-Y) at the rate of 1.82% during the quarter.6. Wireless Tele-density declined from 89.78at the end of Dec-18 to 88.46 at the end of Mar-19.
Wireline subscribers declined from 21.87 million at the end of Dec-18 to 21.70 million at the end of Mar-19 with quarterly decline rate of 0.79%. The year-on-year (Y-O-Y) decline rate in wireline subscribers for Mar-19 is 4.89%.8. Wireline Tele-density also declined from1.67at the end of Dec-18to 1.65at the end of Mar-19.9.
Total number of Internet subscribers increased from 604.21 million at the end of Dec-18to 636.73million at the end of Mar-19, registering a quarterly growth rate of 5.38%. Out of 636.73 million internet subscribers, number of Wired Internet subscribers is 21.68 million and number of Wireless Internet subscribers is 615.05 million.