India Adds 10 Mn Mobile Subscribers In Nov, Idea Alone Adds 7.5 Mn

A total of 10.18 million new mobile subscribers were added to the list of mobile users in India in the month of November taking the total tally to 801.81 million. Of this Aditya Birla group operator Idea Cellular has contributed more than 70% of the new additions.

India’s total GSM subscriber base in October was 791.62 million.

In the month of November Idea Cellular alone added 7.43 million new GSM mobile subscribers whereas market leader Bharti Airtel added 1.08 million followed by Vodafone with 0.89 million. The contribution of small operators like Aircel, Telenor and Idea collectively added less than a million new subscribers for the reported month.

With the new subscriber addition numbers, the total tally of GSM mobile subscribers for Bharti Airtel reached 263.35 million followed by Vodafone with 202.79 million subscribers. Idea is closely chasing Vodafone with 187.68 million subscribers.

November’s new addition number of 10.18 million is as flat as October when the industry had added 10.19 million subscribers.

If we compare the operator wise growth for the last month, Idea Cellular grew 4.12% over its last month net additions followed by Telenor with distant 0.91%. While market leader Airtel grew 0.41%, the second in number Vodafone grew by 0.44%.

In terms of market share, Bharti Airtel leads the pack with 32.84% followed by Vodafone 25.29%. However, both the companies have lost market share compared to the previous month. Idea Cellular is placed at third position with 23.41% market share in November, rising little above 0.7% than the previous month.

All these figures were revealed by industry association COAI in its monthly GSM subscriber tracker report.

“The telecommunication industry has again posted a good growth for the month of November 2016. It is heartening to see that the industry is showing signs of a robust growth and we have again moved ahead in ensuring complete connectivity at all levels. Telecom companies have been contributing towards fulfilling the government’s vision of Digital India since beginning and we will continue bridge the digital divide for a fully connected and digitally empowered India,” said Rajan S Mathews, Director General, COAI.

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