The total number of telephones stood at 1167.72 million at the end of April 2022, increasing by 0.88 million compared to 1166.84 million at the end of March 2022. The maximum rise in telephones was recorded in Bihar, followed by West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh (East).
Maharashtra, Punjab, and Rajasthan recorded a fall in telephone connections over the previous month. Uttar Pradesh (East) retains the highest share of the total telephones, followed by Maharashtra, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu. The five service areas mentioned above account for 38.37% of the total telephone connections in India.
The share of wireline telephones was 2.15%, whereas the wireless segment share stood at 97.85% by April 2022. The share of the public sector in total telephones was 10.84% against 89.16% of the private sector. The share of the rural areas in total telephones was 44.56% in April 2022 against 44.43% in the preceding month. The share of the urban areas in total telephones decreased to 55.44% in April 2022 against 55.47% in the preceding month.
The overall teledensity at the end of April 2022 stood at 84.87%, with Himachal Pradesh having the highest teledensity. Himachal Pradesh was followed by Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka. Delhi topped among the three metros in teledensity, followed by Kolkata and Mumbai.
The overall teledensity for April 2022 stood at 84.87% same as the preceding month. The teledensity of the wireless segment was 83.05%, whereas that of the wireline segment was 1.83%. The teledensity reported in rural areas was 58.04%, whereas that in urban areas was 135.05%. The public sector teledensity was 9.2%, while the private sector teledensity was 75.67%.
The number of broadband subscribers was 788.77 million at the end of April 2022, compared to 788.3 million in March 2022.