According to the ‘Monthly Telecom Scenario’ report released by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), India witnessed an increase of 4.39 million telephone connections in the month of January 2020 as compared to those in December 2019. The total telephone connections stood at 1,175.8 million during January 2020 vis-à-vis 1,171.4 million connections at the end of December 2019. This rise has been mainly attributed to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) by the DoT.
According to the data, J&K recorded a massive rise of more than 1.2 million connections in the union territory in just one month. This was followed by Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh (East) which added nearly 760,000 and 630,000 connections respectively. These three circles combined added more than 2.5 million telephone subscribers. In contrast, states like Madhya Pradesh and Bihar registered a decline of 34.8 million telephone connections and 54,000 subscribers, respectively.
Further, the teledensity in India stood at 88.74 percent in January 2020 with Himachal Pradesh circle registering the highest teledensity at 149.01 percent. Among the metros, Delhi topped that chart with 237.30 percent teledensity.
The share of wireless and wireline segment in the overall connections stood at 98.34 percent and 1.66 percent at the end of January 2020. Also, the share of rural and urban areas stood at 43.72 percent and 56.28 percent, respectively.
The total number of internet subscriptions (broadband and narrowband) increased from 604.21 million in December 2018 to 718.75 million in December 2019. Among these, there were 696.36 million wireless and 22.39 million wired subscriptions.