Indian telecom subscriber base touches 90 crore mark, Reliance added maximum customers
By insightVAS - Tue Aug 20, 1:09 pm
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Telecom subscriber base in India has crossed the mark of 90 crore in May, after almost two years. The growth rate is marginal. As per Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, the base grew by 0.34 percent to reach 90.005 crore
It is for the second time the subscriber base is breaching the 90 crore mark. Earlier in June 2012, it had touched 96.55 crore. Since then the base has been shrinking steadily. The first time it crossed the 90 crore mark was in September 2011.
“The number of telephone subscribers in India increased to 900.05 million at the end of May, 2013 from 897.02 million at the end of April 2013, thereby showing a monthly growth rate of 0.34 percent,” TRAI said in a report.
Mobile or wireless subscriber base increased from 86.7 crore in April 2013 to 87 crore at the end of May 2013. It has registered a monthly growth of 0.37 percent. Reliance Communications added over 12 lakh new customers, followed by Vodafone with over 9 lakh new customers, Idea Cellular 8.67 lakh, Airtel 8.51 lakh, Aircel 2.77 lakh.
New operator Videocon saw maximum growth in percentage terms during the month. The mobile subscriber base of Videocon grew by 6.79 percent to 22.85 lakhs in May from 21.39 in previous month.
State-run BSNL and MTNL lost 9 lakh and 97,583 customers respectively in May taking their total customer base to 9.80 crore and 48 lakhs respectively.
Bharti Airtel has maximum share in overall market with total subscriber base of over 18.96 crore. Vodafone is in second position with over 15.46 crore customers. RCom and Idea Cellular’s total customer base stood very close to each other at 12.48 crore and 12.37 crore respectively.
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