Just after TRAI releasing the monthly subscriber addition report for the month of May 2017, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) today released the monthly subscriber addition of the Indian telecom industry for the month of June 2017. The Indian telecom industry marked another month of steady growth by adding 1.98 million mobile subscribers in June 2017.
As per the data released by Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), on Wednesday, the apex industry association of major telecom service providers and mobile, internet and technology companies in the country, the total number of mobile phone subscribers by the end of June 2017 has reached 947.48 million. This includes subscribers of Reliance Jio as well, but up to May 2017. The Reliance Jio subscriber addition is based on TRAI data.
Amongst the telecom companies, Bharti Airtel continues to hold the top position with 29.62% market share, having added another 2.05 million subscribers during June. Airtel’s total subscriber base is now 280.64 million and is closely followed by Vodafone with a total of 210.19 million subscribers, Idea Cellular with 196.27 million subscribers, and Reliance Jio with 117.33 million subscribers (as of May 2017).
As per the report, UP East added the maximum number of subscribers of 84.06 million across the telecom service areas or circles in India in June 2017. COAI, which just held its AGM on the theme ‘Delivering the Digital Future’, welcomed the sustained growth.
Furthermore, the report also revealed the number of new subscribers added by Aircel and Telenor as well. Aircel has lost a total of 410,128 subscribers, making the total subscriber base of 90,323,404. On the flip side, Telenor also lost a significant number of users- 682,905, which in turn leads the overall subscriber base to 47,337,418.
Talking about the increase in the subscriber base, Rajan S Mathews, Director General, COAI, said, “Our vision and aim is to bring mobile connectivity to every corner of the country, and so it is encouraging to see more cities mounting a sizeable mobile customer base. This will help accelerate our journey towards a connected and empowered Digital India.”
Speaking about the impact made by the telecom industry, he added, “The telecom industry is contributing significantly to the Indian economy, and is driving its growth in a comprehensive fashion. The industry has also ensured progress towards the realisation of government’s policy & plans, such as its vision for Digital India, in a manner that connectivity reaches the farthest corners of the country and benefits everyone. We envision an enabled and empowered society where every individual gets a chance to partake in the economic growth of the country.”