Telecom subscriber base decreases to 116.6 crore in February: TRAI

In February of this year, the country's telecom subscriber base fell to 116.6 crore, with players like Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea losing users in the mobile services market. According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's (Trai) subscribers data report for February, Bharti Airtel was the only net gainer in the mobile market.

On Tuesday, the report was made public. Fixed line customer base, on the other hand, continues to grow, with private telecom carriers gaining market share and public sector enterprises, such as BSNL and MTNL, losing consumers. "The number of telephone customers in India fell from 1,169.46 million at the end of January 2022 to 1,166.05 million at the end of February 2022, indicating a monthly loss rate of 0.29 percent," according to the Trai report. Except in three circles viz. UP East, Jammu and Kashmir, and Haryana,  the number of mobile customers has decreased across the country.

Reliance Jio lost mobile consumers for the third month in a row in February. The corporation lost 36.6 lakh mobile members, bringing the overall number of wireless subscribers to 40.27 million. Vodafone Idea (VI) continued to lose users to its mobile service. It lost 15.32 lakh mobile subscribers, compared to 1.11 lakh and 5,097 for BSNL and MTNL, respectively.

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