The telecom subscriber base in India crossed 1.2 billion mark in May, with 6.23 million net subscriber additions in the mobile services segment.
Reliance industries-owned Reliance Jio continued to lead the growth momentum with net addition of 4.8 million new customers accounting for about 75 percent of overall net subscriber addition in the mobile services segment.
Jio was followed by Bharti Airtel which added 2.09 million new customers, state-run BSNL (1.35 million), Vodafone (1.13 million) and Idea Cellular (0.19 million).
Aircel and Reliance Communications added 0.17 million net subscribers each.
Loss of subscriber by Tata Teleservices (2.1 million), Telenor (1.32 million), Sistema Shyam (0.25 million) and MTNL (2,136) mitigated growth in the mobile services segment.
Here’s a look at how the country’s telecom landscape changed over the last one year:
In the past one year to May 2017, telecom subscribers in the country grew by 146.95 million or 14 percent. This is much higher than the growth witnessed in the recent years. From May 2015 to May 2016, the subscriber growth was 5.59 percent (from 1002.05 million to 1058.03 million) and during a year before that the growth was a lowly 6.8 percent (from 938.34 million to 1002.05 million). With the 14 percent growth over the year to May 2017, the tele-density in the country increased from 83.14 in May 2016 to 93.61 in May 2017. That means out of 100, as many as 93 individuals have telecom connectivity as of May 2017.
Of the total 1204.98 million telecom subscribers as of May 2017, the urban sector accounts for 697.06 million (58 percent) and rural 507.92 million. In the past one year, the urban sector subscribers increased by 92.08 million or 15 percent and the rural by 54.87 million or 12.11 percent. In comparison, in the two years until May 2016 urban subscribers witnessed a growth of 4.3 percent each. The rural sector, meanwhile, had witnessed better growth at 7.4 percent for year to May…