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Showing a healthy monthly growth of 0.75%, India adds 7 million telephone subscribers during December, 2013 to January, 2014.
“The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 915.19 million at the end of December, 2013 to 922.04 million at the end of January, 2014, thereby showing a monthly growth of 0.75%, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) claimed in a release.
The share of urban subscribers has declined from 60.03% to 59.86% whereas share of rural subscribers has increased from 39.97% to 40.14% in the month of January, 2014. With this, the overall Tele-density in India increased from 74.02 at the end of December, 2013 to 74.50 at the end of January, 2014.
According to the data provided by TRAI, subscription in the urban areas increased from 549.40 million in December, 2013 to 551.96 million at the end of January, 2014. Subscription in rural areas increased from 365.79 million to 370.08 million during the same period.
The monthly growth rate of urban and rural subscription is 0.47% and 1.17% respectively. The overall urban teledensity has increased from 144.95 to 145.39, while Rural Tele-density increased from 42.67 to 43.13 in this month.
As usual, the mobile market leaders took the lion’s share of new subscriptions in January. In the month Bharti Airtel added 2.4 million subscribers, while Vodafone and Idea added 1.8 million and 1.6 million respectively.
Top operators, Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and Reliance shared 22.5%, 18.16%, 14.58% and 13.17 of the total market respectively, while BSNL is at 4th position with 10.60% market share.
Telewings (3.8% market share) added 1.1 million new customers, while the operators Loop Telecom, Tata, MTNL, Sistema and BSNL continued to lose customers.