India Crosses 881.13 Million Wireless Subscribers by End of November 2013, Maximum Number of Porting Request from Rajasthan and Karnataka

TRAI released the official data regarding the mobile subscriber base in India and about the share of various telecom operators in the market. Let us firstly talk about the market share of the telecom operators functional in the country. As per the numbers, Airtel is the market leader with 22.31 percent share in November 2013 with Vodafone  in second place with 17.94 percent and Idea Cellular with 14.57 percent  in third place.

In terms of MNP the data reported by service providers by the end of NOV 2013 about 106.87 million subscribers have submitted their request to different service providers for porting their mobile numbers. Maximum number of request have been received from Rajasthan followed by Gujarat. In South maximum number of request came from Karnataka.


Airtel had about 19.65 crore subscribers at end of  November after it added about 17.22 lakh subscribers to its user base. Vodafone in second place added about 13.39 lakh subscribers and its subscriber base stood at 15.80 crores. Idea added merely 36,219 subscribers taking its tally to 12.84 crores. About 2.09 million opted for Mobile Number Portability.


Reliance Communications has 13.28 percent of the market share, BSNL has 11.16 percent share which is largely due to the operator being the preferred choice in the PSU sector and the same are followed by Aircel 7.41 percent share, Tata Teleservices with 7.19 percent, Uninor with 3.67 percent, MTS India (Sistema Shyam Teleservices) has  1.09 percent and is the only CDMA operator functional now. Other minor players are  Videocon with 0.42 percent, MTNL with 0.41 percent, Loop Mobile with 0.34 percent and Quadrant with the least 0.22 percent share.

Talking about the subscriber base in the country, the same increased from 875.48 million in October 2013 to 881.13 million by the time November 2013 ended. It showcased a growth of 0.65 percent which pretty much points towards the fact that there is still scope for growth in the telecom sector, as addition of about 6 lakh mobile subscribers every month is a decent number.

The wireless Teledensity in the country has increased from 70.96 percent to 71.34 percent, thus hinting towards a better penetration. The share of the urban sector in the wireless communication arena decreased from 59.65 percent to 59.45 percent which was complemented by an increase in the rural wireless subscriber base from 40.35 percent to 40.55 percent.

The total number of telephone subscribers in the country at the end of November shot to 910.14 million from the last month’s 904.56 million, thus showcasing a growth of 0.62 percent. The overall Teledensity in the country increased to 73.69 percent in November 2013 from the 73.32 percent in October 2013.

The urban subscriber base declined from 60.26 percent in October 2013 to 60.06 percent with the rural subscriber base increasing to 39.94 percent from 39.74 percent. The telecom sector is all set to get a major revamp with the 2G auction taking place. The day 1 of the same has just come to a close and the end of the auction will showcase which way are we headed. Till then all we have to say is that Airtel is the market leader and the rural sector is growing in terms of telecommunications.

As a reader why you think there is maximum porting from Rajasthan and Karnataka is it due to network or any other reasons do let us know via comments

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  • Yogesh March 29, 2014 12:45 am

    Mobile user report as on feb ’14 : by COAI : total gsm users : 71.1 cr. Added : 76.1 lakh new users. Operators wise addition (figures in lakh) : 1) idea : 33.32 ; 2) vodafone : 21.55 ; 3) uninor : 9.7 ; 4) aircel : 7.02 ; 5) videocon : 4.33 ; 6) MTNL : 0.12 . Airtel : no fig due to technical problems , but it is @ top with : 20.08 cr user. Total users in cr : idea : 13.35 ; vodafone : 16.43 ; aircel : 6.91 ; uninor : 3.48 ; Tata tele services Maharashtra : 1.05 ; MTNL : 33.79 LAKH N videocon : 46.66 lakh.

  • sai charan kv February 13, 2014 3:33 pm

    any news……………… about national MNP

  • Abhay jaipur February 12, 2014 9:55 am

    Max porting requst 4m rajasthan coz here airtel and vodafone r very expensive above 70 rs stv for 30 paisa cal rate.subscribrs r porting to pocket frendly reliance and aircel…

  • Yogesh Sarvade February 11, 2014 8:59 pm

    Idea gain 8mn users via mnp , but stop special data offers to me :-( . But now no problem with tata gsm : docomo n virgin mobile too since last 3 days:-) . Rate cutter 6rs/30days n browse @ 2p/100 KB. Airtel special offer for my no : rs25/750MB.

  • Chetan February 11, 2014 8:09 pm

    I can tell about Karnataka. It has higher mnp rate bec none of the operator offers consistency in coverage, better 3G speeds and most importantly customer service. Airtel was consistent until 2009-10 but later became larthegic in customer responses, increasing 3G coverage. To start with the following:

    1. Airtel- decent 3G coverage & speeds in blore, lacking prompt resolution & I repeat it’s resolution and not response. Very poor 3G coverage outside blore and mysore.
    2. Vodafone: NO 3G NETWORK. I myself ported to airtel because of same reason. Very prompt customer response & decent resolution time. Overall good 2g network.
    3. Idea-we’ll idea take over of spice has been like eating rotten food. They got customers who hardly used minutes on their network. Mostly rural population. Pathetic customer response because still holding larthegic spice employees.
    4. Tatadocomo & aircel: very poor 2g & 3G coverage. Came up like half cooked rice in bowl. Top it to that is pathetic customer response and absolutely no resolution.
    5. Bsnl: decent 2g coverage but absolutely near to zero 3G coverage.

    Bangalore has largely data intesive user. Only those operator will survive those who give good 3G coverage and prompt responses. Techies need to be online all the time

  • SS February 11, 2014 7:52 pm

    I appreciate telecom talk for this and i think they must make the habit of publishing subscriber data as soon as they are released.

    Now, i see many comments criticising, slamming, complaining about avoid and still they add max.

    Quality matters or quantity? Think about it!

    • Xyz February 11, 2014 8:28 pm

      Ya thats true that every one complan about it and use it. On asking or saying anything on the coment they would say service of avoid is unmatched as compared to other as other company are charging nearly same amount.

    • Amit Kumar Das (Kolkata) February 11, 2014 9:51 pm

      There are certain situations where quality matters the most than quantity.