Telecom regulatory authority of India has today released the data about telecom subscriber base of India at the end of June 2015. Total wireless subscriber base increased from 975.78 million at the end of May-15 to 980.81 million at the end of Jun-15, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of 0.51%.
The Wireless subscription in urban areas increased from 558.83 million at the end of May-15 to 562.95 million at the end of Jun-15 and wireless subscription in rural areas increased from 416.95 million to 417.85 million during the same period. The monthly growth rates of urban and rural wireless subscription were 0.74% and 0.22% respectively.
The Wireless Tele-density in India increased from 77.58 at the end of May-15 to 77.90 at the end of Jun-15. The Urban Wireless Tele-density increased from 143.42 to 144.25, and Rural Wireless Teledensity increased from 48.03 to 48.10 in the month of Jun-15. The shares of urban and rural wireless subscribers were 57.40% and 42.60% respectively at the end of Jun-15.
Bharti Airtel continues to remain the largest operator comprising 23.52% of total subscriber base followed by Vodafone at 18.90%, Idea cellular at 16.53%, Reliance communication at 11.21%, Aircel at 8.47%, BSNL at 7.89%, Tata at 6.28%, Uninor at 4.91%, Sistema at 0.89%, Videocon at 0.78%, MTNL at 0.36% and Quadrant at 0.29%.
West Bengal service area recorded the highest growth rate in wireless subscribers during the month of Jun-15, whereas U.P.(E), J&K and Tamilnadu (including Chennai) service areas showed decline in subscriber base during the month. As for operator wise net additions in June 2015, Idea cellular added the most number of new subscribers followed by Bharti Airtel, Reliance communication, Telewings, Vodafone, Aircel, Videocon, Quadrant, MTNL and the operators which saw fall in number of subscribers are MTS, Tata Docomo and BSNL.
The reason for fall in subscriber base is deactivation of inactive numbers as well as porting out through National MNP. In the month of June, 2015, 3.68 million subscribers submitted their requests for Mobile Number Portability (MNP). With this, the cumulative MNP requests increased from 160.25 million at the end of May, 2015 to 163.93 million at the end of June, 2015.
In MNP Zone-I (Northern and Western India), the highest number of requests till date have been received in Rajasthan (about 15.37 million) followed by Gujarat (about 13.18 million). In MNP Zone-II (Southern and Eastern India), the highest number of requests till date have been received in Karnataka (about 19.15 million) followed by Andhra Pradesh (about 15.61 million).
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