The total telephone subscriber base in the country rose marginally in March to 105.88 crore on the back of growth in wireless as well as wireline users.
The total telephone subscriber base in the country rose marginally in March to 105.88 crore on the back of growth in wireless as well as wire line users.
The overall user base stood at 105.18 crore at the end of February, sectoral regulator Trai said today.
The wireless subscriber base increased by 0.68 per cent to 103.36 crore at the end of March, from 102.66 crore last month.
As for the wire line, the subscriber base arrested its decline and rose marginally to 2.522 crore at the end of March, from 2.521 crore in February.
The overall tele-density in the country went up to 83.36 per cent at the end of March, from 82.89 per cent last month.
The urban tele-density grew to 154.01 per cent and rural tele-density to 51.37 per cent.
In the wireless space, private access service providers held 91.30 per cent market share whereas BSNL and MTNL accounted for only 8.70 per cent.
In wireline though, the two state-run companies enjoy a market share of 72.42 per cent while private operators’ stood at 27.58 per cent.
The country’s top operator Bharti Airtel added 25.47 lakh wireless subscribers to take its base to 25.12 crore whereas BSNL continued with its solid pace of addition with 15.19 lakh subscribers joining its network. The user base of BSNL stood at 8.63 crore at March-end.
While Vodafone added 12 lakh subscribers to take its base to 19.79 crore, Idea Cellular got 4.46 lakh users more to increase its base to 17.50 crore.
Reliance Communications added 5.02 lakh subscribers with its base at 10.24 crore whereas Aircel brought in 4.08 lakh additional users to grow its base to 8.70 crore at the end of March.
For Telenor, an additional 7.77 lakh subscribers came on board with its base rising to 5.24 crore while Tata Teleservices lost 1.80 lakh subscribers with the base dropping to 6 crore.
The state-run MTNL also lost 73,499 subscribers as its base stood at 35.60 lakh in the said period.
Sistema Shyam Teleservices and Videocon Telecom also lost 53,386 subscribers and 1.64 lakh subscribers, respectively.
The number of broadband subscribers increased to 14.97 crore at the end of March from 14.48 crore at the end of February, with a monthly growth rate of 3.37 per cent.
“In March 2016, a total of 44 lakh requests were received for mobile number portability,” Trai added.