India’s mobile phone customer base falls to 1.18 billion

January 8, 2018

India’s mobile phone customer base in October fell 0.41 percent, or a net
4.85 million, to 1.18 billion, data released by the country’s telecoms regulator showed.

Following is a table of mobile phone subscriptions in India, the world’s second-biggest
wireless market by number of users, as of October 31.

Active mobile subscribers in October were 1.03 billion.

Mobile connections per 100 people, or the tele-density of wireless subscribers, were 91.11
as of Oct 31. Mobile tele-density in urban areas was 166.17 compared with 56.54 in rural areas.

In October, 9.6 million mobile subscribers opted to change their service providers through
mobile number portability. India is divided into 22 telecommunications service zones.

Total broadband connections were 340.2 million, as of end-October. There were 321.7
million broadband users through mobile phones and dongles, while 18 million were using broadband
through wirelines. Internet connections with a minimum download speed of 512 Kbps are considered
as broadband in India.

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