Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Telecom subscriber base touches 1 billion at Sept-end: TRAI

Telephone subscriber in India crossed 1074 million at the end of September from 1059.8 million in the previous sequential quarter, registering a growth of 1.36 per cent.
“The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 1,059.86 million at the end of June 16 to 1,074.24 million at the end of September 16, registering a growth of 1.36 per cent over the previous quarter.
“This reflects year-on-year growth of 5.05 per cent over the same quarter of last year,” TRAI said in its latest report ‘Indian Telecom Services Performance Indicators for July-September, 2016’.
TRAI report said that subscription in urban areas increased to 624.38 million at the end of September 16, but that rural subscription fell from 450.41 million to 449.86 million.
With a net addition of 14.63 million subscribers during the quarter, total wireless (GSM and CDMA technologies combined) subscriber base increased to 1,049.74 million at the end of September 2016, a growth rate of 1.41 per cent over the previous quarter.
The year-on-year growth rate of wireless subscribers for September 2016 is 5.33 per cent.
“The wireline subscriber base further declined from 25.74 million at the end of June 16 to 24.49 million at the end of September 2016, registering a quarterly decline rate of 1.01 per cent. The year-on-year decline rate in wireline subscribers for June 16 is 5.62 per cent,” it said.
Total number of internet subscribers has increased to 367.48 million at the end of September 2016, a quarterly growth rate of 4.85 per cent.
“Out of 367.48 million, Wired Internet subscribers are 21.26 million and Wireless Internet subscribers are 346.22 million,” it said.
According to TRAI report, the Gross Revenue (GR) and Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) of Telecom Service Sector for the quarter ended September 2016 was pegged at Rs 71,379 crore and Rs 50,539 crore, respectively.
“GR and AGR declined by 2.68 per cent and 5.33 per cent respectively in quarter ended September 2016 as compared to previous quarter,” it added.

India leading in some aspects of atomic, molecular physics: Nigel Mason

India is leading the world in some of the latest aspects of research and application in the field of atomic and molecular physics and is being seen as a collaborative partner in USA, European, and Chinese space programmes, chairman of Europlanet Nigel Mason said on Tuesday. “India is leading the world in some of the aspects of atomic and molecular physics. In the past Indian scientists used to join as a junior partner, but now they are being brought in as necessary partner because they have the expertise, which the international community needs,” he said.
Europlanet is Europe’s largest planetary science forum. Mason, who teaches molecular physics at The Open University in UK, was speaking at a seminar on subject Atomic and Molecular Physics held at Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) here.
“New techniques developed at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research for analysing negative ions has become a standard technique in the world with some of its applications being in the space programmes where it is used to understand how molecules are formed in the space and other planets,” Mason told PTI on the sidelines of the event.
He said today the Indian space community is just as competitive as the European and the US space communities. “..So, we are hoping that in the next five years, Europe, USA, China and India will work together on space programmes,” Mason added.
He added that India is developing a process in laboratory that enables to identify molecule in space, and this will be the second such laboratory outside USA. Mason said India’s leadership position requires that it looks out to build and maintain collaborations with Europe, USA, and also with Asian nations.
“Probably in the next 10-15 years, India will collaborate with China and developing Asian countries like Malaysia, Singapore, and even countries like Vietnam and Thailand. What India will do is to provide leadership to these countries in building science,” he added.
Mason was in the city to attend the inaugural ceremony of 21st national conference on Atomic and Molecular Physics, a biennial meeting of the Indian Society of Atomic and Molecular Physics.