India added 15.5m mobile subs in June

22 Aug 2018
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India's total mobile subscriber base grew by 1.37% in June, with 15.49 net additions during the month, according to the latest figures [PDF] from regulator Trai.

The market's total wireless subscriber base reached nearly 1.15 billion, representing a wireless teledensity of 88%.

There remains a stark divide between urban and rural areas - mobile teledensity in urban areas was 153.52%, compared to just 57.63% for rural areas. But subscription growth increased slightly more in rural areas (1.49%) than in urban areas (1.27%).

Bharti Airtel remained the mobile market leader during the quarter, with around 30.05% of subscribers. But Vodafone India and Idea Cellular, which are in the process of merging, captured nearly 40% between them. Reliance Jio, the only other remaining major private player in the market, had a share of 18.78%.

During the month, 4.11 million subscribers submitted mobile number portability (MNP) requests, taking the total cumulative requests filed since the implementation of MNP up to 276.17 million.

By contrast, total wireline telephony subscribers declined by 0.5% during the month of June to 22.4 million, representing an overall wireless teledensity of just 1.72%. The disparity between urban and rural areas is even higher, with the former having a teledensity of 4.64% to the latter's 0.36%.

Trai's figures also show that India's broadband subscriber base grew 3.5% during the month to 447.12 million.

A 3.66% increase in mobile subscribers to 313.65 million more than offset a 0.18% decline in wired subscribers to 17.94 million, and a 0.25% decline in fixed wireless subscribers to 409,000.

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