India Crosses 1.01-Billion Telecom Subscribers

October 26, 2015

RaviIndian telecom subscribers crossed 1.01 billion mark in August, as per regulator Trai data. The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 1,009.31 million at the end of July 2015 to 1,014.70 million at the end of August 2015, thereby showing a monthly growth rate of 0.53 percent, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said in its monthly subscribers report.

The wireless or mobile subscriber base in the country grew by half a percent to 988.6 million in August from 983.2 million in July.

Out of the total wireless subscriber base, 885.9 million customers were found active. However, the subscriber base of landline continued its decline despite public sector BSNL and MTNL offering free calling schemes.

The landline or wireline connections declined from 26.1 million in July to 26.0 million at the end of August. The growth in mobile users was led by telecom major Bharti Airtel with net subscriber addition of 1.312 million in August, followed by Idea Cellular with 1.167 million users, Vodafone 1.127 million, Tata Teleservices 825,000, BSNL 812,000, Telenor 390,000, Aircel 384,000, Videocon Telecom (with Quadrant) 116,000, and MTNL 18,132.

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