Idea Cellular Added 4.4 Million New Subscribers in February 2018, While Aircel Lost 2.5 Million

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has released the monthly subscription data of February 2018. In the Telecom Subscription Data report released, Trai stated that Idea Cellular has added 4.4 million new subscribers during the month, followed by Bharti Airtel with 4.1 million new users and Vodafone managed to grab 3.2 million new subscribers. However, the chart is led by Reliance Jio with 8.7 million new subscribers added in a single month. This news will not surprise many as the telco already revealed that its subscriber base has crossed 175 million as of March 2018. Struggling telecom operator, Aircel lost over 2.5 million subscribers during the same month, but the maximum number of subscribers is lost by Reliance Communications with over 11 subscribers leaving the network.


State-run telecom operator BSNL added over eight lakh new customers, while another state-run telco MTNL lost 9372 subscribers during the same period.

Thanks to Jio’s aggressive additions, the number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 1175.01 million at the end of January 2018 to 1179.83 million at the end of February 2018, showing a monthly growth rate of 0.41%. Trai also stated that the urban subscription declined from 672.54 million at the end of January to 669.63 million at the end of Feb, however, the rural subscription increased from 502.47 million to 510.20 million during the same period. The monthly growth rates of urban and rural subscription were -0.43% and 1.54% respectively during the month.

Coming to the total wireless subscribers involving GSM, CDMA & LTE, the number increased from 1151.94 million to 1156.87 million with a monthly growth rate of 0.43%. As of February 28, 2018, the private telecom subscribers held 90.51% market share of the wireless subscribers whereas BSNL and MTNL, the two PSU access service providers, had a market share of only 9.49%, and it’s likely not going to increase anytime soon.


At the end of February 2018, Bharti Airtel had a market share of 25.57% and is nearing the 300 million subscriber base mark. Vodafone India stands next on the list with 18.76% share, followed by Idea Cellular with 17.47%. Reliance Jio is in the race to become third largest telecom service provider in the country as it now has 15.31% market share and is expected to kick Idea from the third position before its merger with Vodafone India. Telenor and Tata Teleservices lost over 1 million and 1.5 million subscribers during the same period.

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Need to know

Y highlight IDEA

Bcz jio won in game with 8.7million

Y menshon IDEA

Sunny | Lucknow
Sunny | Lucknow

Haha good point. I smell something burning lol.


Because Jio is constantly adding between 7-9 M every month while data for others very every month.


all previouls report of adding X number of subciber from AIRCEL TN into AVOID, are not matching with increse in subsciber base.

either ( TN circle)
1. Churn out from AVOID is very high
2. False figure (MNP from aircel) are being reported to grab attention

Airtel User
Airtel User

Saket they only talk about port ins but reality is avoid is losing maximum users daily and jio is also losing but not 1/10th of avoid figure. BSNL/MTNL is also increasing rapidly, airtel vodafone high paying postpaid users have shifted to Jio or BSNL or MTNL.

Kaushik IMA
Kaushik IMA

Jio and BSNL I understand but MTNL??

It’s the no.1 LOL network of India.

AU(Airtel User)
AU(Airtel User)

IMA, last time i heard “The No. 1 LOL smartphone brand is Xiaomi” or should i say “The No. 1 cheap chinese brand of smartphone is Xiaomi i.e. Redmi 5A”

Kaushik IMA
Kaushik IMA

AU there’s a difference: Xiaomi actually works.

MTNL is a different story altogether.

Rhishav (Kolkata)
Rhishav (Kolkata)

That will be reported in March subscribers report next month

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