Idea Cellular adds 7.43 million new users in November, pips Airtel and Vodafone

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Idea Cellular, the country’s third largest telecom carrier, acquired 7.43 million subscribers in the month of November with 4.12% of monthly growth, pipping bigger rivals Bharti Airtel and Vodafone India that added 1.08 million and 0.89 million net subscribers in November 2016, according to data shared by Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI).

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Bharti Airtel and Vodafone India’s subscriber bases grew 0.41% and 0.44%, respectively, over last months. Airtel currently leads the market with 263.35 million users and 32.84% market share, followed by Vodafone India with 202.79 million users and 25.29% market share, as per COAI data.

Aditya Birla group's Idea Cellular had 187.68 million consumers with 23.41% market share in November 201.

Norway-based Telenor’s India unit added 0.48 million users in the month taking the overall base to 53.75 million users. It possesses 6.70% market share.

Maxis-owned Aircel added 0.30 million net subscribers in the month taking the overall base to 90.64 million users. It possesses 11.31% market share.

State-run MTNL had 35,90,443 users in November. It didn’t add a single user in the month, the data suggested.

Group Company wise % market share (Subscribers) - November 2016
Sl. No. Name of Company Total Sub Figures Additions in November 2016 % Market Share % Growth over previous month
1 Bharti Airtel 263,350,250 1,082,654 32.84% 0.41%
2 Vodafone 202,791,695 890,794 25.29% 0.44%
3 IDEA 187,678,450 7,425,763 23.41% 4.12%
4 Aircel 90,646,197 302,036 11.31% 0.33%
5 Telenor 53,751,450 486,786 6.70% 0.91%
6 MTNL 3,590,443 0 0.45% 0.00%
All India 801,808,485 10,188,033

According to COAI data, net subscriber additions grew from 2.09 million in August to 10.18 million in November, with a total GSM subscriber base reaching to 801.81 million in the country.

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“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,” Rajan S Mathews, Director General, COAI said in statement.

Speaking about the impact made by the telecom industry, he added, “We are an enabler of comprehensive growth. The industry has also ensured that the government’s plans reach even the farthest corners of the country and everyone is equally benefited from the digital revolution.”

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