Mobile Subscriber Base Reaches 895.25 Million in March
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New Delhi: The mobile subscriber base of seven telecom operators, including Bharti Airtel and Vodafone, increased by 5.68 million in March to reach 895.25 million, according to industry data.
The numbers include those of the latest entrant, Reliance Jio Infocomm as of December 2016. Excluding the data of the Mukesh Ambani-led firm, the total subscriber base at the end of March 2017 stood at 823.10 million.
Bharti Airtel led the subscriber growth, adding 3 million new mobile customers during March and taking the total base to 273.65 million subscribers. It had the highest market share at 33.25 percent.
Vodafone followed in the tally with 209.06 million subscribers and Idea Cellular with 195.37 million subscribers. Reliance Jio had 72.158 million subscribers.
"The growth in the subscriptions indicates that consumer base is expanding... The industry, however, is undergoing extreme financial stress and submits that requisite interventions (rpt) interventions are made at the policy regulatory front for a stable, facilitative long term ecosystem," COAI Director General Rajan S Mathews said. Telenor, whose business has been acquired by Airtel, lost 1.13 million mobile customers.
West Bengal and Andaman and Nicobar added the maximum number of subscribers at 0.86 million million in March, while UP East circle had the highest number of subscribers at 75.10 million.
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