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A Guide to India's Telecom Market

Catherine Haslam
4/19/2009
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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has divided the market into 22 service areas known as “circles.” The circles are divided roughly in line with the country’s 29 provinces and are divided into four categories, as shown below. Service providers require a separate license for each circle.



Metro circles (major cities*):

  • Mumbai
  • New Delhi
  • Kolkata
A circles (regions that include other large cities):

  • Andhra Pradesh
  • Gujarat
  • Karnataka
  • Maharashtra
  • Tamil Nadu*
B circles (regions with smaller urban areas and towns):

  • Haryana
  • Kerala
  • Madhya Pradesh
  • Punjab
  • Rajasthan
  • Uttar Pradesh (East)
  • Uttar Pradesh (West)
  • West Bengal
C circles (rural areas):

  • Assam
  • Bihar
  • Himachal Pradesh
  • Jammu & Kashmir
  • Northeast
  • Orissa
* Chennai, in the southeast, was previously a separate Metro circle, but as of March 31, 2008, it was integrated into the Tamil Nadu A circle as a single entity. The service providers and TRAI, however, continue to report monthly connection numbers for Chennai separately.

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12/5/2012 | 4:06:42 PM
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The 3G auction will show us which other overseas firms believe they can boost their top and bottom lines by investing in the Indian mobile sector, but is taking a stake in an existing operator a better way forward? The Indian operators appear to be able to make money from very low ARPUs -- I wonder if non-Indian operators could match that capability.


Ray

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12/5/2012 | 4:06:33 PM
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The map of India shown in this report is incorrect. You have cut off a portion of Jammu & Kashmir which is an integral part of India.


 

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12/5/2012 | 4:06:30 PM
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Hi Ray,


Thank you for your response. I appreciate the fact that you acknowledged my feedback.


I know that Light Reading wouldn't have any intentions to redraw the political or geographical boundaries of India.


But it was important for me to point out the error.


Once again, thank you for acknowledging my feedback.


Girish


 

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12/5/2012 | 4:06:30 PM
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Hi Girish


Thanks for the note.


I think you need to remember that this is NOT a political map of India -- it is a guide to the telecom circles. The map was built using information provided by the Indian telecom authorities. We certainly don't have any agenda in terms of redrawing the Indian geographic boundaries.


Ray

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12/5/2012 | 4:06:29 PM
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Thanks for the feedback - always welcome!
Ray
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12/5/2012 | 4:04:22 PM
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A pretty detailed introduction to the Indian Telecom market although it is missing national and international marketscape. For instance the market is dominated by 4 players in NLD space and 3 in ILD (Airtel, Reliance, VSNL/TCL, & BSNL and Airtel, Reliance, & VSNL respectively); and many new players have popped up recently e.g. Spice.

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12/5/2012 | 4:03:53 PM
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One needs a strong presence to be able to even thing about redrawing the political or geographical boundaries of India.
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