TRAI s latest report reveals that the telecom subscriber base in India crossed 900 million subscribers in May 2013 from 897.02 million registered at the end of April 2013. The subscription base has increased by a monthly growth rate of 0.34 percent, which is marginal but is positive considering that the telecom base had witnessed a major slump after last year s 965.5 million telecom subscriber record. Findings of the report also reveal that wireless subscriber base has grown from 867 million in April 2013 to 870 million at the end of May 2013. Operator-wise, while Airtel is the largest network across India, Reliance Communication has added the most number of new customers. BSNL and MTNL witnessed a loss in number of subscribers. Also Read - ZTE eyeing $800 million revenue from Indian operation in 2014
Rural subscriber base recorded growth and reached 39.41 percent while the urban subscriber base has decreased to 60.59 percent from 60.71 percent in May this year. The overall teledensity in India has also shot up to 73.33 percent at the end of May.
In terms of operators, Bharti Airtel still has the maximum share in the market at 21.79 percent and accounts for over 189.6 million subscribers. Vodafone comes second with over 154.6 million subscribers and 17.78 percent share. Reliance Communication and Idea Cellular follow, with a subscriber base 14.35 and 14.22 percent respectively. The subscriber base for BSNL and MTNL, on the other hand, has come down by 900,000 and 97,583 customers respectively.
In terms of new subscribers, Reliance Communications seems to be the most preferred network with over 1.2 million new subscribers added during the period. It is then followed by Vodafone with more than 900,000 new customers, and Idea Cellular with 867,000 subscribers. Airtel added 851,000 new subscribers.