India Adds 2.27 Million New Wireless Subscribers In February 2017: COAI

The Indian mobile subscriber base has touched 817.42 million at the end of February 2017 with operators adding just 2.27 million new subscribers in February 2017, says the data released by Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI). While India has already seen a huge downfall in the subscriber base in January 2017, the numbers of February are even worst with operators adding a mere 2.27 million when compared to January’s 5.15 million. Also, do make a note that COAI excluded the subscribers under Reliance Jio.


Continuing the lead in Indian telecom sector, Bharti Airtel reached 270.65 million by the end of February, adding just 1.25 million new users. Airtel is closely followed by Vodafone with 207.23 million subscribers and Idea Cellular with 193.27 million subscribers. With 33.11% Bharti Airtel continues to own the maximum market share in the industry.

Amongst the well-known telecom operators in the country, Aircel added the least number of subscribers of 13,309 and holds 11 percent of market share with 91,053,614 consumers overall. Bharti Airtel’s Telenor continues to lose customers at a rapid pace as the company now stands with 51,628,868 consumers losing nearly five percent of users in the last two months.

The report, which also assesses the growth of mobile subscribers across various circles in India, said UP East added the maximum number of subscribers (74.61 million) in February. Maharashtra came second with 70.32 million mobile subscribers, with Bihar coming a close third with 69.31 million subscribers. On the other hand, Punjab leads in the number of new additions with 0.58 million new subscribers in the month.

Talking about the growth in the subscriber base, Rajan S Mathews, Director General, COAI, said, “The telecommunication industry has again posted a healthy growth for the month of February 2017. The increase in the subscriptions indicates that consumer base is expanding and reaching new horizons in the country. We are an enabler of inclusive growth. The industry has also ensured that government’s plans reach even the farthest corners of the country and everyone is equally benefitted.

Ever since the entrance of Reliance Jio, other operators growth is significantly dropped as the user continues to draw consumers. Recently, Jio also reported that they had surpassed the 100 million subscriber mark in just 170 days from its inception.

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March 25, 2017 9:51 am 9:51 AM

Senior Guys in TT, Where is Tata in this storms. Have their team lost the game. ANY INSIDER NEWS?

March 25, 2017 11:43 am 11:43 AM

Going to merge with Rcom(despite of whatever happens with docomo)

March 25, 2017 3:28 pm 3:28 PM

It seems valid to merger with Rcom as that is the only way out for them.DoCoMo issue should resolve soon.

But how come they are not in news these days.?.

March 25, 2017 5:14 pm 5:14 PM

They have stopped giving offers as they are giving their spectrum to Rcom and exit out of the sector

March 24, 2017 4:07 pm 4:07 PM

Great going!!!!!

March 24, 2017 4:00 pm 4:00 PM

Why COAI does not report Jio Numbers?
Jio is part of COAI.

March 25, 2017 3:14 am 3:14 AM

Apparently AVoId cant rise above hate!

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
March 25, 2017 3:06 am 3:06 AM

because COAI hates Jio as Ambani is blaming COAI director Rajan Matthews for forming the cartel, and a lot of other things. So Rajan hates Ambani because Ambani is actually doing good for the people whereas Airtel helps him loot the common man.

Dr Lambinagh
March 25, 2017 8:51 am 8:51 AM

I think it’s not personal hate but rather COAI doesn’t report Jios numbers is cause they haven’t commercially launched and not charging its users as yet. And have used jio, it’s not all that great. Gonna stick to Airtel and voda.


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