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Telecom subscribers in India reach 1.19 bn in December 2017: Trai

The growth was led by mobile telephony segment with net additions of 4.97 million customers by five telecom operators

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Telecom subscriber base in reached 1.19 billion at the end of December 2017 with Reliance adding over 8 million new customers alone during the month, according to data published by telecom regulator Trai.

"The number of in increased from 1,185.88 million at the end of November 2017 to 1,190.67 million at the end of December 2017, thereby showing a monthly growth rate of 0.4 per cent," Trai said in a monthly subscribers' report.

The growth was led by segment with net additions of 4.97 million customers by five telecom operators Reliance Jio, Idea Cellular, Vodafone, and during the month.

Reliance led the growth in mobile segment by adding over 8 million new customers-- three fold more than it closest competitor Idea which added 2.43 million subscribers in the reported month.

Idea was followed by which added 1.5 million new mobile subscribers, Airtel 576,575 and added 421,836 subscribers.

Telecom operator lost over 2.65 million customers, (RCom) 2.3 million, 1.71 million, 1.3 million and lost 6,561 mobile customers.

Despite closure of mobile services, RCom was left with over 33.16 million customers. Trai has asked RCom to refund unspent money of customers who have not been able to port their number of exhaust their balance.

The subscriber base in wireline segment declined to 23.23 million at the end of December from 23.41 million at the end of November 2017.

which dominates the market with 53.5 per cent market share lost 127,842 fixed line customers while private operators added 8,294 new connections, added 7,625 and added 5,995 new fixed line customers in December.

The number of subscribers increased to 362.87 million at the end of December from 350.7 million in November.

"Top five service providers constituted 93.8 per cent market share of the total subscribers at the end of Dec-17. These service providers were Reliance (160.09 million), (71.09 million), (52.44 million), (million) and BSNL (21.95 million)," the report said.

accounted for 344.57 subscribers in December.

The top-five wired service providers in December were BSNL (9.38 million), Bharti Airtel (2.15 million), (1.28 million), (0.91 million) and (0.73 million).

The overall tele-density in increased to 91.90 at the end of December from 91.61 at the end of November 2017.

First Published: Fri, February 16 2018. 23:16 IST
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