Airtel Lost 2.3 Million Mobile Subscribers

Airtel Lost Subscribers

In the last few weeks, the COAI (Cellular Operators Association of India) has released its latest report. The report detailed the mobile subscribers in India for the month ending September 2018, and from the report, it is known that India’s private telecom service providers have a combined total of 1017.71 million or about 1.017 billion subscribers.

Airtel Lost Subscribers


This is about 9.05 million lower than the number from last month, the reports claimed, Bharti Airtel holds the top position in the market with a total of 343.52 million subscribers, and on the other hand Reliance, Jio came second with 239.23 million subscribers. The COAI (Cellular Operators Association of India) gave a reason, that Reliance Jio’s numbers are from TRAI from August 2018, so it may be a reason for the position of Jio.

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Rajan S Mathews, COAI, Director General, said the telecom industry is an enabler of comprehensive growth and an empowered society, where every individual gets a chance to partake in the economic growth of the country. The industry has ensured that the Government’s Digital India programme reaches the farthest corners of the country and everyone reaps the benefit of new communication technologies. All the operators are committed to their customers with the services across the country, and have begun heavily diversifying their services beyond voice & data for the consumer.

The Airtel taken the top position, it lost about 2.3 million subscribers compared to August 2018, a decline of about 0.68 percent, with a strong market share of 33.75 percent. The Reliance Jio has taken the second with a 23.51 percent share, the Jio revealed itself, that its total number of subscribers hit 252.3 at the end of September, that saw an addition of roughly 13 million subscribers from TRAI’s August figures. The third is Vodafone, it’s 2.6 million subscriber decline to finish at 21.8 percent share. The Idea Cellular had lost a substantial 4 million subscribers to reach a market share of about 20.94 percent.

The subscriber base, according to COAI, stands at a total of over 434 million, and this year in August, the Vodafone-Idea merger combined telecom giant has a market share of about 42.74 percent, which took it to the highest in India. There was a report with the circle-wise number disclosed by the COAI, that detailed,  UP (East) emerged as the biggest telecom circle in the country with a total of 87.53 million subscribers. The Maharashtra circle clocked in 84.7 million. In Type B circle, the report claimed a total of 410 million subscribe compared to 346.9 million in Type and, 106.1 million in metro circles. According to COAI, the figures do not factor in the subscriber base of Tata, Reliance Communications, MTNL, and BSNL.

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