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    Broadband connections in India increased by 0.47% in April: TRAI monthly data

    Total broadband connections in India stood at 928.41 million in April this year, marking a 0.47% increase from March, according to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s monthly subscription data. Of the total broadband connections, mobile device users (phones and dongles) grew by 0.43% from 883.22 million in March to 886.97 million in April and wired connections grew by 1.64% from 40.06 million to 40.71 million. 

    Notably, fixed wireless connections (like Wi-Fi) have been on the decline throughout this year and much of last year. Between March and April, fixed wireless connections went down by 8.02% from 0.79 million to 0.73 million. Fixed wireless connections had declined by 9.10% in March 2024 and have been under the 1 million mark since March last year. 

    Key observations from the data

    Vodafone Idea (Vi) loses wireless broadband connections

    The company lost 1.25 million wireless broadband connections in April this year, going from 127.69 million wireless connections to 126.43 million in April. 

    Vi notably discussed subscriber declines in its earnings call in May this year, where it argued that one of the primary reasons for subscriber loss was 4G coverage. The company plans to address subscriber losses by expanding 4G coverage (by shutting down 3G) and expanding its 5G rollout to address increasing data demands. 

    Besides Vi, other major telecom companies have seen additions in wireless broadband connections this quarter. Reliance Jio went from 469.73 million connections in March to 472.42 million in April, Airtel went from 265.5 million to 267.57 million and BSNL went from 20.65 million to 20.84 million in the same period. These four players, along with Atria Convergence Technologies Limited (which had 2.25 million broadband connections in April) make up 98.35% of the total broadband connections (both wireless and wired) in India. 

    Airtel tops machine-to-machine (M2M) cellular mobile connections

    This was the first month that TRAI reported M2M cellular mobile connection data. M2M is a term used for technology that enables networked devices to exchange information and perform actions without human involvement. It is the foundation of the Internet of Things (IoT) and is often used for remote monitoring.

    Broadband connections in India increased by 0.47% in April: TRAI monthly data

    Source: TRAI’s report

    According to the figures released by TRAI, as of April 30, Airtel had 28.39 million M2M cellular mobile connections with a market share of 55.69%. It is followed by Vi, Jio, and BSNL with market shares of 28.32%, 11.41%, and 5.58% respectively. 

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