Indian telecom customer base crosses 119 crore in March 2017
The telecom customer base increased approximately half-percent to Rs. 119.45 crore in March, led by Reliance Jio, and growth in fixed-line connections continued. “The number of subscribers to the telephone service in India increased from 1 188 550 000 by the end of February 2017 to 1 194 580 000 by the end of March 2017, recording a monthly growth rate of 0.51 percent,” he said. India’s telecommunications regulatory authority on a monthly subscriber report.
Growth was generated by a wireless segment rose by a half percent to 1170180000, adding 5.98 million net mobile subscribers. Fixed line connections in the country saw sequential growth, led by telecommunications company BSNL, after a long time.
“Cable subscribers increased from 24,350,000 at the end of February 2017 to 24.40 million at the end of March 2017,” the report said. According to experts, the fixed line is estimated to have declined steadily after 2003. There were 40.3 million fixed-line connections in the country on January 1, 2007.
New entrant Jio Reliance, now the country’s fourth-largest telecom operator, continued to drive growth in the mobile handset segment with the net addition of more than 5.83 million mobile customers. Its closest rival Bharti Airtel has added more than 2.99 million customers in the indicated month. The net addition of Idea ended 2.09 million customers that were followed closely by BSNL, which added 2.07 million new customers. Vodafone added 1.83 million new customers in March.
MTNL has just added 286 new customers. Growth in the wireless segment was offset by six mobile operators losing more than 8 million customers. Reliance Communications lost more than 2.77 million customers, Quadrant (a subsidiary of Videocon) lost 2.24 million customers, Tata Teleservices 2.26 million Telenor 1,130,000, System and Air Canada 339 648 153 746 Customers.
Quadrante has announced the closure of mobile services, Telenor has sold its Airtel, Aircel and Sistema is merging its operations with RCom. In cable space, BSNL has added more than 44,000 new customers. It was followed by Tata Teleservices, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone in terms of adding new customers. Read also: TRAI to clarify your prayers Rs 3050 crore in Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular
The broadband segment continued to grow, increasing subscribers to close 276 520 000 in March from 261.31 million at the end of February. The growth of the broadband segment was also generated by Reliance Jio that only offers 4G mobile services.
“The top five service providers accounted for 87.48 percent of the total broadband subscriber market by the end of March 2017. These service providers were Reliance Jio Infocom Ltd. (108 680 000), Bharti Airtel (49.13 Millions), Vodafone (37.72 million), Idea Cellular (24.70 million) and BSNL (21.67 million dollars), “the report said. READ MORE: Reliance Jio vs. Airtel Vodafone vs. Idea Cellular vs. BSNL: Best Data Plans Compared