[MoMoBangalore] Query on Mobile User Statistics

B.G. Mahesh
Sun Nov 9 10:25:54 IST 2008

Karthik Srinivasan wrote:
> Hello Everyone,
> Greetings!
> I have a query on the methodology followed to find out the mobile 
> usage statistics. Usually we get news about the number of new 
> subscribers added as 8m, 9m whatever. Does this take into 
> consideration that several people discontinue using their prepaid 
> numbers? I have seen friends of mine change their prepaid numbers 4 
> times in a year. How can one take this into consideration?

In fact I had written about the same point as you have raised in the 
above post and later deleted it. From the post,

We had a user based of 305.24 m in August 2008 and 315m in Sept 2008.

The TRAI report did say there was an increase of 10 million users from 
August - Sept. From the above numbers it does add up, i.e. I think the 
deletions/cancellations of subscriptions appears to have been accounted 
for in that 10m delta.

> If the number of new connections sold were all going to new 
> subscribers, then would that not be equal (or closer) to the mobile 
> handset sales? (forgetting the replacement handset market, that is).
I think there is substantial growth in Tier-II cities (though I don't 
have any URL handy to substantiate my claim). And a big chunk of mobile 
users do buy used mobile handsets which usually don't get accounted for 
when we read about how many mobile handsets were sold in India.

> Please let me know your opinion.
> Thank you.
> -- 
> Regards,
> Karthik Srinivasan

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