According to the latest report by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, the total telecom subscriber base of the entire country has reached to 97 crore. The report states that, the telephone subscribers in India increased from 964.20 million at the end of November, 2014 to 970.97 million at the end of December, 2014.
The mobile and wireless subscribers in India has reached it all time high after it crossed 93.53-crore mark at the end of October 2014. The previous record was set again in June 2012 when mobile subscriber base in the country reached 93.4 crore. In this subscriber base Airtel has managed to maintain the leadership with 21.72 crore users.
Vodafone occupies the second position in the list with 17.86 crore followed by Idea Cellular with 5.05 crore, Reliance Communications with 10.62 crore, BSNL with 8.13 crore, Aircel with 7.86 crore, Tata Teleservices with 6.61 crore and Uninor with 4.36 crore subscribers.
This new data also highlights that Idea Cellular added over 25 lakh new customers which is highest as compared to the other operators. Airtel added 17 lakh new users followed by Vodafone which added 15 lakh. Telewings (Uninor) added 12 lakh new subscribers, Aircel over 9 lakh, Tata Teleservices about 6 lakh, Videocon (including Quadrant) 2.7 lakh and MTNL 22,445 new mobile customers.
The new telecom operator has registered the highest growth rate in terms of its mobile subscriber base followed by Telewings.
Apart from adding up the new subscribers, BSNL lost 13 lakh subscribers and Sistema Shyam lost 68,110 customers. Closure of Mumbai-based Loop Mobile business in November also brought down subscriber base by about 7 lakh. The wireline connections also witnessed a decline of .7 crore from 2.71 crore in November 2014.
The report of the regulator also highlights that 35 lakh subscribers submitted request to change their mobile service provider taking the total number of such requests under Mobile Number Portability (MNP) service to 14.29 crore. Along with this, the total broadband subscriber base also increased by 4.28% on monthly basis to 8.57 crore at the end of December from 8.2 crore in November.