Indian telecom carriers add 8 million users in March: Bharti Airtel and Idea biggest gainers

india-mobile Telecom regulator TRAI indicated that Indian telecom operators added a total of 8 million new mobile subscribers in March, boosting the total telephone user base in India to 951.34 million. According to data released by TRAI, the lion’s share of the growth addition was taken by India’s largest carrier Bharti Airtel, adding 2.50 million new mobile subscribers, arriving at a total of 181.27 million subscribers in March. Idea Cellular, which had attracted the most number of new users in February, claimed the second spot with 2.01 million new users in March. Other telecom majors including Uninor, Reliance Communications, Vodafone and Sistema Shyam Teleservices claimed the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th spots respectively, adding 1.29 million, 1.04 million, 1.02 million and 0.42 million new subscribers, respectively. State-owned operators BSNL and MTNL did not perform as well, adding 0.76 million and 58,681 new subscribers in March, respectively. Their total subscriber base came up to 98.51 million and 5.83 million, respectively. Some other operators went into the negative with Aircel, Tata Teleservices and Videcon losing 0.68 million, 0.14 million and 0.24 million users in March. The total wireline subscriber base came in at 32.17 million at March-end, slipping by 0.48 per cent. However, the total broadband subscriber base climbed from 13.54 million at February-end to 13.79 million at the end of March. The overall teledensity (telephones per 100 people) in the country came in at 78.66 per cent for March. A total 4.76 million requests came from subscribers in March, who wished to switch operators using the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) facility.
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