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Telecom subscribers hit 1.18 bn in Feb: Trai

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The Indian telecom market is second-largest in the world after China in subscriber base

India’s telecom subscriber base, and combined, touched the 1.18-billion mark at the end of February, growing 1.2 per cent over the previous month, according to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai).


Another 13.8 million users were added during the month. phone demand has been dwindling as cheap handsets, coupled with falling rates and freebies, have led to an explosion in cellphone connectivity.


Over the past few months, operators, including newcomer and incumbents like and Vodafone, have been doling out attractive offers and unleashing high- decibel marketing campaigns to woo customers.


Urban connectivity went up to 692.2 million in February-end, from 681.2 million in January-end, growth of about 1.6 per cent. The pace of growth of rural connectivity was slower at 0.6 per cent. Rural telecom users increased to 496.4 million from 493.7 million during the period.


The Indian telecom market is second-largest in the world after in subscriber base.


Wireline connections – which have been losing sheen over the past few years – remained flat with subscriber base at 24.4 million.


Lesser number of people sought network port outs in February compared to the previous month. 

Telecom subscribers hit 1.18 bn in Feb: Trai

The Indian telecom market is second-largest in the world after China in subscriber base

The Indian telecom market is second-largest in the world after China in subscriber base

India’s telecom subscriber base, and combined, touched the 1.18-billion mark at the end of February, growing 1.2 per cent over the previous month, according to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai).


Another 13.8 million users were added during the month. phone demand has been dwindling as cheap handsets, coupled with falling rates and freebies, have led to an explosion in cellphone connectivity.


Over the past few months, operators, including newcomer and incumbents like and Vodafone, have been doling out attractive offers and unleashing high- decibel marketing campaigns to woo customers.


Urban connectivity went up to 692.2 million in February-end, from 681.2 million in January-end, growth of about 1.6 per cent. The pace of growth of rural connectivity was slower at 0.6 per cent. Rural telecom users increased to 496.4 million from 493.7 million during the period.


The Indian telecom market is second-largest in the world after in subscriber base.


Wireline connections – which have been losing sheen over the past few years – remained flat with subscriber base at 24.4 million.


Lesser number of people sought network port outs in February compared to the previous month. 


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Press Trust of India

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