Reliance WiMax maybe a bundle of hurdles in-line with other WiMax service providers in India. However, Reliance’s Wired Broadband has now connected 787,567 buildings [Apartments and offices in Central Business Districts] across 42 Cities in India. The real broadband subscribers count could be much higher.
We have obtained the No of Buildings Wired by Reliance Broadband High Speed Internet at the end of each quarter.
However, the average revenue per broadband line has decreased from Rs 1,932 to Rs 1,760.
Bharti Airtel had 794,400 broadband subscribers at the end of March-08. The ARPU is at Rs 1,137. Bharti Airtel has been able to maintain the ARPUs, because they upgrade the available broadband speed to the customer and also try to increase the rates modestly. Even if 25% of the customers like me upgrade ourselves, they are able to maintain the bottom line.
Just, FYI, I started with 128 Kbps in Apr-06 at Rs 699 for unlimited data transfer. Today I am on 1 Mbps unlimited data transfer for Rs 2,222. Dramatic increase in broadband speed in the past 2 years 🙂