Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), the top industry association representing major telecom operators and internet/digital services providers of the country, has released the figures regarding India s mobile subscriber base for the month of September 2018. And if the latest numbers are any indication, the country s status as the fastest-growing smartphone market in the world is unlikely to change anytime soon. Also Read - Reliance Jio vs Vi vs Airtel: Best plans under Rs 200 with unlimited calling, date benefits, and moreAlso Read - Jio vs Airtel vs Vi: Best prepaid recharge plans under Rs 100 with unlimited calls, data benefits
According to data released by COAI s report, the total mobile subscriber base of the country touched 1 billion mark (1017.71 million) in September 2018. This includes subscriber figures of Reliance Jio, as of August 2018. Also Read - Airtel new prepaid plans with free Disney+ Hotstar subscription launched: Here are the details
Talking about individual numbers, Bharti Airtel continues to hold the top spot in the country, with a total of 343.52 million subscribers, as per COAI. Reliance Jio comes in at number two, with a total of 239.23 million subscribers.
The report further mentions Uttar Pradesh (East) as the telecom circle with the most number of mobile subscribers (87.53 million), with Maharashtra (84.70 million) taking the second spot.
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Commenting on the latest figures, Rajan Mathews, director general of COAI, said, The telecom industry is an enabler of comprehensive growth and an empowered society, where every individual gets a chance to partake in the economic growth of the country. The industry has ensured that Government s Digital India program reaches the farthest corners of the country and everyone reaps the benefit of new communication technologies. All the operators are committed to their customers with the services across the country and have begun heavily diversifying their services beyond voice & data for the consumer.