New Delhi : COAI (Cellular Operators Association of India), the apex industry association representing the country’s major Telecom, Internet, Technology and Digital Services companies, released the latest telecom subscriber numbers, for the month ending December 2017. As per the data, India’s private telecom service providers have a total of 981.65 million subscribers. As per the data, the figures include Reliance JioInfocomm and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam (MTNL) by the end of November 2017, reported TRAI.
Amongst the individual companies, Idea Cellular Ltd added highest Subscriptions over previous month. Bharti Airtel Ltd continues to hold the top position, with 29.55% market share, adding another half a million subscribers during December, to take its total subscriber base to 290.11 million subscribers. Airtel is closely followed by Vodafone India Ltd, which ended December with 212.53 million subscribers, while Idea Cellular Ltd stood at 196.50 million subscribers at the end of the year.
The report, which also provides mobile subscriber numbers for individual circles, showed that UP (East) circle remained at the top with total 85.23 million subscribers. Maharashtra remained at second position with a total of 82.19 million mobile subscribers.
Talking about the increase in the subscriber base, Rajan S Mathews, Director General, COAI, said, “Mobile Connectivity in every corner of the country has been our primary vision for long. It is extremely encouraging to see sizeable growth in the customer base in various cities. We are optimistic about our journey towards a fully connected and empowered Digital India, and it seems that we are rapidly marching towards it.”
Speaking about the impact made by the telecom industry, he added, “The telecom industry plays an essential role by way of its contribution to the Indian economy, and is a key driver of its growth. The industry has also ensured progress towards the realisation of government’s policy & plans, such as its vision for Digital India, in a manner that connectivity reaches the farthest corners of the country and benefits all citizens. With consistent growth, it is easy for us to envision an enabled and empowered society where every individual gets a chance to partake in the economic growth of the country.”
Mobile connectivity and data services have played a pivotal role in bridging the digital divide and supports the democratic foundation of the country. However, it is important to ensure that the industry has a stable policy environment to thrive in. It requires 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 that the industry is currently suffering.
We remain hopeful that we will see tangible relief in the Budget 2018 and the NTP 2018 will also move the industry forward in this direction.The industry remains committed towards working for a fully connected and digitally empowered India and, furthering the Hon Prime Minister’s vision of Digital India.
About COAI :
COAI, the apex industry association representing the Indian Telecom sector, leading Internet and technology companies in the country constituted in 1995 as a registered, non-governmental society. COAI’s vision is to establish India as the global leader of innovative mobile communications infrastructure, products and services and achieving a national teledensity of 100%, including broadband. The association is also dedicated to the advancement of modern communication and towards delivering the benefits of innovative and affordable mobile communication services to the people of India.