According to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), India’s telecom subscriber base increased by 1.17% in one month and now the total number have touched (including mobile and landline) 1.18 billion at the end of February 2017.
“The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 1,174.80 million at the end of January 2017 to 1,188.5 million at the end of February 2017, showing a monthly growth rate of 1.17 percent,” noted TRAI (via PTI).
The Indian telecom market is second-largest in the world after China in terms of telecom subscriber base. In February itself, the subscribers base added additional 13.75 million mobile users making a total of 692.15 million in urban areas, where as the connectivity numbers in rural parts of India went up to 496.39 million. Around January-end these numbers were 681.15 million for urban areas (growth of over 1.6% in Feb) and 493.65 million during the same period for rural parts (growth of 0.56% in Feb).
The data from TRAI also reveals the decline mobile number portability (MNP) requests during the month of February as compared to previous month. According to TRAI data, about 5.6 million subscribers requested for MNP in February as oppose to about 6.24 million doing the same during January.
“In February 2017, 5.67 million subscribers submitted their requests for mobile number portability (MNP),” added TRAI.
About the wireline connections, it noted that the subscriber base is now stagnant at about 24.35 million.