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General News Idea Cellular pips Airtel and Vodafone in January; adds 4.42 mn subscribers
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NEW DELHI: Idea Cellular, India's third-largest telco by users added 4.42 million subscribers in the month of January 2018 - highest in the industry - to take its total subscribers to 202.06 million, data issued by the COAI revealed.

Bharti Airtel continues to hold the top position, with 29.50% market share, adding another 41,73,908 subscribers during January, to take its total subscriber base to 295.79 million subscribers. Airtel is closely followed by Vodafone India, which ended January with 217.06 million subscribers.

As per the data, India’s private telecom service providers have a total of 999.33 million subscribers. This includes subscribers of Reliance Jio and MTNL figures as of December 2017.

The report, which also provides mobile subscriber numbers for individual circles, showed that the UP (East) circle remained at the top with a total of 86.74million subscribers, while Maharashtra remained at second position with a total of 81.56 million mobile subscribers.

Rajan S Mathews, Director General, COAI, said, “We are pleased to see growth yet again. For a sector currently burdened with poor financial health and hyper competition, this is a positive development. Operators are adopting new communication technologies into their product and offering diversified services even beyond voice and data."

Mathews said that the industry is constantly working and delivering progress as its contribution to the Government’s Digital India programme. Consistent growth as seen this month is encouraging, and the industry will continue to ensure that connectivity reaches the farthest corners of the country.

COAI said that mobile connectivity and data services are imperative in the goal to bridge the digital divide in India. "With these tools, we can move towards a truly equitable and democratic nation. The telecom industry, therefore, deserves an urgent and immediate intervention to encourage policy and regulatory stability, and facilitate growth, innovation and investment in the sector in view of the mounting financial debt and debilitating financial health of the industry," the GSM lobby body said.

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