India - Fixed Broadband, Digital Economy and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Despite a booming internet market across the country, India’s move into high-speed broadband internet access has been distinctly sluggish. When it came to high-speed broadband access, for long time there was a reluctance to adopt what was on offer, especially within the corporate sector, and the growth of broadband remained relatively slow for some time.

India’s fixed broadband market remains underdeveloped in India, mainly due to the dominance of the mobile platform and an unwillingness by operators to invest in fixed broadband infrastructure. Between 2011 and 2015, fixed broadband penetration increased only marginall. During 2015/16 the market grew by nearly 10% reaching. Moderate growth is predicted for the next five years to 2021.

In November 2015 Bharti Airtel allocated an investment of INR600 billion (USD9 billion) for the upgrade of its pan-Indian network over the next three years under ‘Project Leap’. In March 2016 Vodafone signed an agreement to acquire cable broadband provider YOU Broadband.

In December 2015 India’s telecom minister confirmed that the government has no plans to disinvest MTNL and BSNL.

By 2016 BSNL expected to shut down its WiMAX network in areas with small subscriber bases or where equipment has broken down. In June 2016 BSNL launched Wi-Fi Mobile Data Offloading Services (MDO) across the entire south

By 2016 India was making good progress on the government-mandated digitisation program. There are already rapidly expanding digital segments in the TV market, notably IPTV/Broadband TV and with some digitalisation of the traditional platforms proceeding at a good pace. The type of expansion being witnessed in digital media is expected to continue at an increased rate.

Key developments:

  • transitioning the mass market to digital continues to present a major challenge for India;
  • Bharti Airtel allocated an investment of INR600 billion for the upgrade of its pan-Indian network over the next three years under ‘Project Leap’
  • Vodafone signed an agreement to acquire cable broadband provider YOU Broadband.
  • India’s telecom minister confirmed that the government has no plans to disinvest MTNL and BSNL.

Companies covered in this report include:

Aircel/Dishnet, Bharti Airtel, Idea/Spice, Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices, Vodafone Essar, Bharti Telenet, Reliance Infocomm, Tata Teleservices, Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd (VSNL), Tata Indicom, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL), Augere, Dimension Data.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Introduction and statistical overview
    • 2.1 Market Overview and analysis
    • 2.2 Broadband statistics
      • 2.2.1 Internet statistics
    • 2.3 National Broadband Policy
    • 2.4 National Broadband Plan
    • 2.5 Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
      • 2.5.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
  • 3. Fixed Broadband Service Providers
    • 3.1 Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL)
    • 3.2 Bharti Airtel
    • 3.3 Hughes Telecom
    • 3.4 Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL)
    • 3.5 Atria Convergence Technologies (ACT)
    • 3.6 Vodafone
    • 3.7 Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
  • 4. Fixed Broadband Technologies
    • 4.1 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
    • 4.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 4.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH)
    • 4.4 Fixed wireless
      • 4.4.1 WiMAX
      • 4.4.2 WiFi
  • 5. Digital economy
    • 5.1 e-Health
  • 6. Digital media
    • 6.1 Videostreaming
      • 6.1.1 IPTV
  • 7. Broadcasting Market
    • 7.1 Overview
    • 7.2 Market statistics
    • 7.3 Cable TV and Satellite TV
    • 7.4 Pay TV
    • 7.5 Satellite TV Direct-to-Home (DTH) TV
    • 7.6 Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT)
  • 8. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Fixed broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2016
  • Table 2 – Fixed broadband subscribers - market share by access type (Historical) – 2014
  • Table 3 – Internet users – 1995 - 2016
  • Table 4 – Historical - Fixed internet subscribers and penetration – 1995 - 2005
  • Table 5 – Fixed internet subscribers and penetration – 2006 - 2015
  • Table 6 – Dial-up internet subscribers (historical) – 2007 - 2013
  • Table 7 – Internet household penetration – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 8 – International internet bandwidth – 2000 - 2016
  • Table 9 – Forecast Broadband subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
  • Table 10 – Number of licensed ISPs (historical) – 2002 – 2003; 2005; 2008 - 2013
  • Table 11 – ISP market – leading operators, subscribers and market share (historical) – 2014
  • Table 12 – Cable modem subscribers – 2001 - 2014
  • Table 13 – DSL subscribers – 2001 - 2014
  • Table 14 – FttX subscribers – 2010 - 2014
  • Table 15 - Broadcasting market overview - 2014
  • Table 16 – Historical - Cable and TV households – 1995 - 2014
  • Table 17 – Historical - Total TV industry estimated revenue – 2000 - 2014
  • Table 18 – Number of channels carried by cable operators – 2011 - 2014
  • Table 19 – Historical - Pay TV subscribers by technology – 2003- 2014
  • Table 20 – DTH subscribers – 2008 - 2015
  • Table 21 – VSAT service providers, subscribers and market share – March 2015
  • Chart 1 - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2006 - 2016
  • Exhibit 1 – Broadcasting Standard and major broadcasters
  • Exhibit 2 – Schedule for migration to Digital Addressable Cable TV System (DAS) – 2012 - 2014
  • Exhibit 3 – Operators issued DTH licences – March 2015

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