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Telecom subscriber base crosses 120 cr; Jio, BSNL, Airtel add customers

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The country's telecom subscriber base for the third time crossed 120-crore mark with Reliance Jio, and Airtel adding new customers in January, according to a report released by telecom regulator Trai.

"The number of in increased from 1,197.87 million at the end of December 2018 to 1,203.77 million at the end of January 2019, thereby showing a monthly growth rate of 0.49 per cent," the said in monthly subscriber report for January 2019.

Earlier, the subscriber base crossed the 120-crore mark in July 2017 and May 2018.

The mobile customer base grew to 118 crore in January from 117 crore in December. The wireline connection in the country slid to 2.17 crore in January from 2.18 crore in December.

Reliance dominated growth by adding over 93 lakh new mobile customers. State-run telecom firm followed by adding 9.82 lakh mobile subscribers. returned to growth track, after losing mobile customer in December, by adding over 1 lakh new customers.

The net increase of telecom subscriber in January was 59 lakh, compared to over 1 crore subscribers added by the three players. However, Idea and jointly lost close to 44 lakh mobile customers.

The country's biggest Idea lost 35.8 lakh mobile customers, 8.4 lakh and state-run MTNL 4,927 mobile customers.

The wireline connections declined mainly because of losing 90 thousand connections. Private operators and added 29,930 and 6,386 connections.

connections in the country grew 4.15 per cent to 54 crore in January from 51.8 crore in December. The mobile devices-based connections accounted for over 96 per cent of total base with over 52.1 crore subscribers while wireline connections reached 1.82 crore.

Top-five service providers constituted 98.63 per cent market share of the total subscribers at the end of January. Reliance led the market with 28.94 crore broadband subscribers. It was followed by with 11 crore connections, 10.98 crore, BSNL 2 crore and and Group 22.6 lakh connections.

BSNL maintained lead in the wireline broadband segment with 91.7 lakh connection. It was followed by Airtel with 23 lakh connections, Atria Convergence 14 lakh, 7.9 connection and MTNL 7.7 lakh connections.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, March 20 2019. 19:55 IST