Telephone connections increase by 4.39 million in January 2020

Telephone connections increase by 4.39 million in January 2020

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) on Monday released the Monthly Telecom scenario and Network status for the month of January 2020. The number of telephone connections rose by 4.39 million on the back of a rise in telephone connections in Jammu and Kashmir mainly.

The number of telephone connection stood at 1175.82 million at the end of January 2020, up from 1171.43 million in December 2019. The maximum rise in telephone connections was seen in Jammu Kashmir where 1.2 million new telephone connections were added.

Maharashtra saw 0.76 million new telephone connections followed by UP East at 0.629 million new connections. Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, and North East recorded a fall in telephone connections.

Uttar Pradesh East had the highest share in the total telephones followed by Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, and Tamil Nadu. These five service areas account for a total of 38.13% of total telephone connections.

The overall teledensity at end of January 2020 stood at 88.74% with Himachal Pradesh having the highest tele-density followed by Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka. Among the metro areas, Delhi service area topped in tele-density with 237.30%, followed by Mumbai and Kolkata.

The share of wireless segment in total connections stood at 98.34% while the share of wireline telephones was 1.66%. The share of public sector was 11.47% as against 88.53% of the private sector. The share of rural areas increased to 43.72% as against 43.54% in December 19. The share of urban areas decreased from 56.28% to 56.46% in December 19.

The total number of internet subscribers stood at 604.21 million at the end of December 2018 increased to 718.75 million by the end of December 19. The number of broadband subscribers was 661.94 million at the end of January 20 as compared to 661.27 million at the end of November 19.

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