Telecom Regulatory Association of India has released the total wireless subscriber base in India, which has slumped from 867.80 million in March this year to 867.02 million at the end of April. The report suggests that the monthly growth of subscribers has gone down to -0.09 percent. Operator wise, Vodafone gained the most with 14,22,869 subscribers added during April. According to the report it is mainly due to service providers’ move on disconnecting inactive subscribers that has accounted to this fall in total number of wireless subscribers. Also Read - Starlink satellite broadband service faces challenge in India, Elon Musk led company questioned
The overall wireless Teledensity in India has been recorded at 70.71 percent from 70.85 percent recorded in the previous month. The report reveals that while the urban wireless subscribers share has gone down from 60.53 percent to 60.11 percent, the share of rural wireless subscribers has picked up from 39.47 percent to 39.89 percent.
Operators wise, while Bharti Airtel is still the dominant player with 21.78 percent share of the total market, Vodafone follows next with 17.74 percent of the total market. Reliance and Idea close at 14.27 percent and 14.17 percent respectively.
Out of the total wireless subscribers, the number of active wireless customers is 724.52, which does not include CDMA VLR numbers of BSNL. In this segment, Idea is reported to have maximum users at 98.11 percent, followed by Airtel at 95.21 percent.
Area-wise North East and Jammu & Kashmir have witnessed the maximum subscriber growth while Delhi’s subscriber base fell by -0.50 percent. Bihar is the most affected with a fall of over -2.00 percent of subscribers.