Subscriber base of 6 telcos rises 2.27 m in February

PTI New Delhi | Updated on January 15, 2018

The mobile subscriber base of six telecom operators, including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea, jointly increased by 2.27 million in February to reach 817.42 million, according to industry data. “...the number of mobilephone subscribers showed an increase to 817.42 million in February 2017. The net increase in subscriber base is 2.27 million,” the Cellular Operators Association of India said in a statement.

This includes data of all COAI members, except Reliance Jio. Airtel led the subscriber growth by adding 1.25 million new mobile customers, followed by Idea (1.21 million), Vodafone (0.79 million) and Aircel (10,000 new customers).

“The growth in the subscriptions indicates that consumer base is expanding and reaching new horizons in the country. We are an enabler of comprehensive growth. The industry has also ensured that the government’s plans reach even the farthest corners of the country and everyone is equally benefited,” said COAI Director General Rajan S Mathews. Telenor, whose business has been acquired by Airtel, lost 0.99 million mobile customers.

UP East added the maximum number of subscribers at 74.61 million in February. Maharashtra came second with 70.32 million mobile subscribers, with Bihar coming a close third with 69.31 million.

Published on March 24, 2017

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