India’s wireless subscribers fell 0.24% to 1,183.04 mn in Sept 2017

India's wireless subscribers in September 2017TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) said India’s wireless subscriber base fell 0.24 percent to 1,183.04 million in September 2017 from 1,185.84 million in August 2017.

The wireless subscription in India’s urban areas fell 0.35 percent from 687.14 million in August 2017 to 684.77 million in September 2017.

Wireless subscription in India’s rural areas declined 0.08 percent from 498.70 million to 498.28 million.

The wireless tele-density in India declined from 91.87 in August 2017 to 91.56 in September 2017. The urban wireless tele-density dropped from 169.05 in August 2017 to 168.20 in September 2017. Rural wireless tele-density decreased from 56.39 to 56.31.

Urban wireless subscribers’ share was 57.88 percent and rural wireless subscribers’ share was 42.12 percent in September 2017.

TRAI noted that some of the telecom operators started removing the in-active mobile subscribers from their report. Aircel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular, Telenor and Tata Teleservices showed declines in September 2017.

India’s wireline subscribers declined 0.40 percent from 23.77 million in August 2017 to 23.67 million in September 2017.

The share of urban and rural subscribers in total wireline subscribers were 85.02 percent and 14.98 percent respectively in September 2017.

TRAI said the number of broadband subscribers in India increased 2.66 percent to 324.89 million in September 2017 from 316.48 million in August 2017.

Reliance Jio Infocom with 138.62 million, Bharti Airtel with 62.29 million, Vodafone with 45.98 million, Idea Cellular with 29.61 million and BSNL with 21.24 million are the top five broadband operators in India.

BSNL with 9.54 million, Bharti Airtel with 2.12 million, Atria Convergence Technologies with 1.24 million, MTNL with 0.95 million and Hathway Cable with 0.67 million are top five wired broadband service providers.

Reliance Jio Infocomm with 138.62 million, Bharti Airtel with 60.17 million, Vodafone with 45.97 million, Idea Cellular with 29.61 million and Reliance Communications with 8.98 million are the top five wireless broadband service providers in India.