India Adds 5.15 Million To The Mobile Subscriber Base In January 2017: COAI

The Indian mobile subscriber base touched 815.5 million at the end of January 2017 with telcos adding 5.15 million new subscribers last month, says the data released by Cellular Operators Association of India’s (COAI). The number of additions recorded a significant drop in January 2017 when compared with previous month as telcos had added 8.18 million new subscribers in December 2016. This might be an indication that Reliance Jio (India’s newest service provider) is getting a significant share of new customers.


Significantly, COAI data does not reveal the Jio subscriber additions. India’s newest operator, Jio claims to have added 100 million subscribers since its launch in September 2016.

The country’s largest service provider, Bharti Airtel added the maximum of 3.55 million new subscribers to reach the customer base of 269.4 million. The operator commands 33% market share. Airtel is closely followed by Vodafone India and Idea Cellular. While Vodafone India claims to have a subscriber base of 206.44 million, Idea Cellular ranks third with a wireless subscriber base of 192.06 million subscribers at the end of January 2017.

The growth in the subscriptions indicates that consumer base is expanding and reaching new horizons in the country. The industry continues to provide good service and connectivity across the country and develop mobile infrastructure in far-flung regions, despite extremely trying times and poor financial health of the sector. We hope that this momentum of growth and expansion of mobile infrastructure will help us fulfil the Government’s vision of a fully connected Digital India. We also hope that the industry will receive support in its endeavours to empower consumers and citizens through timely regulatory and policy interventions  says Rajan S Mathews, Director General at COAI in a statement issued by the organisation.

Maharashtra added the maximum of 0.92 million new subscribers in January 2017. Uttar Pradesh East has the maximum subscriber base of 74.35 million subscribers while Maharashtra stands second with 70.17 million subscribers.

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Mahmood Junaid
February 18, 2017 2:00 am 2:00 AM

Kudos to AVOID to consistently increase subscribers when industry is highly competitive… Also TRAI released subscriber figures for December in which only JIO, Airtel, Voda and Idea are the ones who increased VLR subscribers… Every other telecom operator has reported a decrease in VLR subscriber base… Another kick for the ones who are waiting for massive port out from AVOID…

February 18, 2017 9:51 am 9:51 AM
Again a person with not much analytic mind. The story is not about how many they (AVoId) added or lost. The game is all about revenues which they losing. They have not updated ARPUs data since June 2016 on COAI website as that can send shockwaves to investors in these companies. Even though people still having sim cards of AVoId but are they really getting recharged? My close relative has Idea Point and he said most of the postpaid connections have been ported out to Jio and his work is almost near to zero now which used to be average… Read more »
February 19, 2017 12:43 am 12:43 AM

True. I was surprised to see Jio making inroads everywhere. Food points, dungaree awards. Idea and Vodafone are poised for a fall. And yes, very few I know of are recharging their idea or Airtel numbers now that Jio is here. Ateast vodafone still has traction in cities.
I am going to flat out say to Mahmood that the revenue fall for rcom and Telenor is very slim compared to avoid. You can make that conclusion even by looking at quarterly reports.

February 18, 2017 11:25 pm 11:25 PM

U mean to say jio will be the only operator left and rest everyone will shutdown.. hahaha Arjun U r Freeloader. If at a point wen AT&T comes with a free unlimited plan u will buy 3-4 simcard s to save some amount for your petrol n nasta. Wash Ur face n wake up. Pray for jio extension of free offer for u to survive. Shut Ur ass mouth it’s stinking.

February 19, 2017 4:16 pm 4:16 PM
@crssiws Heights of idioticity in ur comment and your language tells what kind of person you are. So let me reply you in your own language which you understand. Calling me freeloader? I earn that much money in a single month that you can’t even imagine or earn thorughout a year, kiddo. If I wanted it free why would I have suggested them to charge 300-500/month? Haven’t you ever read my comments in which I kept on asking them to charge. I only highlighted what wrong AVoId was doing to people who were being cheated and now they are paying… Read more »
February 22, 2017 1:25 pm 1:25 PM

Arjun don’t jio’s plan starts from 149rs and these people can’t recharge with more than 20rs per month

Mahmood Junaid
February 18, 2017 2:32 pm 2:32 PM
All AVOID group has publicly announced their ARPU and revenue figures… So there is no need of publishing it in COAI website… Free means free and no company can compete with the other one offering for free… Regarding revenue loss of AVOID, they are not the only ones lossing revenue… even jio is making losses and it cant continue forever… at this time the companies will be looking to hold onto the customers in which AVOID is successful… After the smaller players are out of the market AVOID and Jio can easily make revenue and profits because of the huge… Read more »
February 19, 2017 12:46 am 12:46 AM

Vodafone and idea are considering merger because they realise the future is tough if they go for this alone. Both ambanis are going to be in Telecom for the medium term. So will Tata, because they can’t sell TTSL without first building some healthy finances.

Love Airtel
February 18, 2017 7:01 pm 7:01 PM

Well said. Your comments are always very well articulated with great analysis.

February 18, 2017 6:26 pm 6:26 PM
Oh it was so? Give me quarterly report of AVoId of what they claim. Their official report lacking it and even in media during both quarters presenters were clueless and said, “Company has not shared numbers on ARPU this quarter” Did you really understand or try to understand what I just written? We are not freebies here. By the way, this reply of yours is in contradiction of your first reply. Some people contradicts their own statments every now and then and when I said you are not having an analytic mind, what else we can expect? You making remarks… Read more »
February 18, 2017 7:28 pm 7:28 PM

Idea said their ARPU is 157rs… Airtel said its 173rs… U didnt know it means u r at fault… They have shared the full details in quarterly report… Explain how my first and second comment contradicts… First comment only mentioned about the subscriber growth increase of Jio and avoid… In second comment i didnt say the opposite… Tell me in ur ANALYTIC MIND how it contradicts…

February 19, 2017 12:48 am 12:48 AM

By this itself Mahmood u should understand. Rcom ARPU dropped from Rs. 156 to Rs. 154. Look at idea. It’s free fallen to Rcom’s levels. I told you vodafone and idea are very vulnerable at this point of time….

Mahmood Junaid
February 19, 2017 3:57 am 3:57 AM

RCOM’s ARPU didnt fall much but their subscriber base falled by 0.6 million but AVOID has increased it… RCOM already has lost a hell lot of customers before… AVOID is looking to gain customers now and they can easily make revenue in future,,,,Telecom is not a short term play, believe me they are gonna make good revenues in long term…

February 19, 2017 2:30 pm 2:30 PM

They may. But it’s clear that this 4G era us going to be very hard on them like 3G era was for rcom. You cannot deny this fact.

February 19, 2017 8:11 am 8:11 AM

Man Avido loading badly ….Even Reports submitted to BSE quart4 are not proper …why Avido want to picture True Profits/Losses }? If they put bigger Losses u know How their shares will fall ? Or higher Profits More will taxes …(generally speaking , not fighting with u)? ….. All Avido looted badly indians and their time has already arrived to get back