Bharti Airtel Adds Just 0.6 Million Subscribers in July 2017, While Vodafone India and Idea Cellular Started Losing Customers

Indian Telecom sector body, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) today released the latest telecom subscriber numbers for the month ending July 2017. As per the data released by COAI, India’s private telecom service providers have a total of 949.74 million subscribers, including those of the new entrant Reliance Jio’s till the end of March 2017 (As per TRAI Data).


Amongst the individual companies, Bharti Airtel continues to hold the top position, with 29.61% market share, adding another 0.60 million subscribers during July to take its total subscriber base to 281.25 million subscribers. Airtel is closely followed by Vodafone India, which stands at 210.5 million, while Idea Cellular stood at 193.95 million subscribers at the end of July.

Furthermore, the report says that, apart from Bharti Airtel, all other telecom operators have lost the subscribers in the said month. Vodafone India lost 1,389,854, while Idea Cellular lost 2,320,480 customers. The scenario stands still with struggling operators such as Aircel and Telenor.

The report, which also provides mobile subscriber numbers across individual circles, showed that UP (East) circle remained at the top with total 84.16 million subscribers, while Maharashtra remained at second position with a total of 78.78 million mobile subscribers. Bihar was a close third with total 76.23 million subscribers.

Maharashtra and UP East led in the number of new additions with 0.51 million and 0.47 million new subscribers respectively followed by Karnataka with 0.32 million subscribers in July 2017 to end the month at 5.13 million subscribers. Delhi and Mumbai added 96,000 and 1,26,262 subscribers, to end July with 47.17 million and 29.71 million subscribers respectively. You can take a look at June 2017 COAI Subscriber addition report here. 


Mr Rajan Mathews, Director General, COAI said “The increase of subscribers in Maharashtra, UP East and Karnataka showed that the sector was in a strong position as far as subscriber numbers go, and showed that the increasing investment in infrastructure in those states was showing fruition. However, the extreme financial stress being experienced by the industry currently is likely to show its impact on these numbers.”

“The industry is undergoing a phase of the hyper competition and at the moment it is reeling under a debt of over INR 4.5 lakh crores. The industry further needs an additional investment of over INR 2.5 lakh crore for infrastructure rollout and expansion are required especially in the far-flung areas of the country,” he added.

It all started with Reliance Jio’s free 4G services back in September 2016. Since then, the Indian telecom industry has seen an uphill, both in the subscriber addition and data consumption.

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August 24, 2017 1:34 am 1:34 AM

Total wireless subscribers base.

In May : from 1198.9 million at the end of April to 1204.98 million at the end of May 2017.

In June: from 1,180.82 million at the end of May 2017 to 1,186.84 million at the end of June 2017..

In July: India’s private telecom service providers have a total of 949.74 million subscribers..
Still how there is growth in subscribers base

Why is data so different every month? TT please answer.

August 23, 2017 10:28 pm 10:28 PM
Recently I checked the Jio coverage in Howah- Yeshvantpur Railway route Via Kharagpur- Bhubaneswar- Srikakulam- Vijayawada – Gudur – Renigunta – Arakkonam – Jolerpett – Bangarpett. .. …. And I’m completely surprised by seeing the presence of Jio … 100% of the route has Jio coverage now … Which wasn’t the case before 1 year …. And the hilly decan areas with ghats and tunnels … Jio is present everywhere ….. I would specially mention about the Arakkonam Kadpati section ….. The 850 Band of Jio is working like a charm … Believe me Jio is not even 10% of… Read more »
August 24, 2017 12:07 am 12:07 AM


August 23, 2017 10:16 pm 10:16 PM

On my Recent Visit to Bangalore what I saw voice call quality is not good at all in Airtel & Vodafone …. Voices are getting cracked … Inconsistecy is prominent … Pathetic quality .. only Jio have good Voice call quality here ….

But in our Kolkata Circle situation is completely opposite … Vodafone already has excellent call quality … And Airtel also far better than what I have experienced in Bangalore …

Data Speed wise Airtel have AVG 7-10 Mbps … Vodafone 3-5Mbps … And Jio is less than 2 Mbps
( Measured by me in different places of Bangalore)

S Gopal
August 24, 2017 6:09 am 6:09 AM

Did you test BSNL in Bengaluru? Some areas such as MG Road region on their network the voice quality is quite good. !dea in Bengaluru has been reliable too in voice quality since SPICE network days.

Airtel and Vodafone have been reliable on the voice call quality front, thanks for the update that the duo’s network had issues while Jio was good and yet there was a reversal in terms of data speeds.

August 24, 2017 8:57 pm 8:57 PM

I tested in Whitefield , K.R Puram , Yeshvantpur , Majestic , MG Road , Koramangala , HSR Layout , Bommasandra …

August 24, 2017 8:55 pm 8:55 PM

Yes forgot to mention that BSNL’s voice call quality is good enough surprisingly …. Didn’t test their Data network …. And what I noticed Jio can Do far better in Bengaluru but they have less number of sites than what is required for good network experience …. Before 1 year Airtel & Vodafone was good enough here …. But may be due to offers like Jio , their network is heavily loaded ….
And as you said Idea is also very good here ….

August 23, 2017 11:38 pm 11:38 PM

Vodafone is CRAP in central India. Deserves to go to toilet. I always said but u guys wouldn’t listen….

Shivang Singh (SS)
August 24, 2017 9:19 pm 9:19 PM

Yes, it is indeed shocking. Same is the case in few other circles like HP, where my Vodafone UPE number was mere a telephone for voice calls. I latched successfully on Idea HP 3G network but couldn’t get the data working at all. Fortunately, Jio came to rescue.

August 24, 2017 8:57 pm 8:57 PM


August 24, 2017 9:18 am 9:18 AM

Seriously second that. I recharged in Bangalore for data, but for last 7 days yet to get the carrier internet connectivity with Vodafone while roaming in MP. Shocking part is their inability to latch to idea network and provide uninterrupted service to Consumer.

S Gopal
August 24, 2017 6:04 am 6:04 AM

I have been in agreement on the point that there are deficiencies in the Vodafone network in Madhya Pradesh & Chattisgarh circle, it is quite painful for a Vodafone in-roamer to Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh circle as the data network is non-existent. Signal is present but my mobile device is unable to access the internet, strange.