India’s mobile subscriber base reaches 999 million

India’s private telecom service providers have a total of 999.33 million subscribers as end-January 2018 according to Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI).

Bharti Airtel continues to hold the top position, with 29.5% market share, adding 41,73,908 subscribers during January, to take its total subscriber base to 295.79 million subscribers. Airtel is closely followed by Vodafone India which ended January with 217.06 million subscribers. Idea Cellular had the maximum number of subscriber additions, adding 4.42 million to bring its total subscribers to 202.06 million.

UP (East) circle remained at the top with a total of 86.74 million subscribers, while Maharashtra remained at second position with a total of 81.56 million mobile subscribers.

Talking about the increase in the subscriber base, Rajan S. Mathews, Director General, COAI said, “We are pleased to see growth yet again. For a sector currently burdened with poor financial health and hyper competition, this is a positive development. Operators are adopting new communication technologies into their product and offering diversified services even beyond voice and data.”

According to COAI, the telecom industry deserves an urgent and immediate intervention to encourage policy and regulatory stability, and facilitate growth, innovation and investment in the sector in view of the mounting financial debt and debilitating financial health of the industry. The industry remains committed towards working for a fully connected and digitally empowered India and, furthering the Prime Minister’s vision of Digital India.