The number of telecom subscribers dwindled by 15.8 million to 1,185.88 million in November, even as Reliance Jio continued to lead in customer addition to reaching over 150 million subscribers, as per a report by TRAI.
"The number of telephone subscribers in India declined from 1,201.72 million at the end of October 2017 to 1,185.88 million at the end of November 2017, thereby showing a monthly decline rate of 1.32 percent," the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India said in a monthly subscriber report on Thursday.
The decline was mainly on account of closure of mobile services by some of the operators including Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications (RCom), which lost over 25.7 million subscribers during the period.
As per the report, the number of total mobile subscribers declined to 1,162.47 million from 1,178.2 million. However, the loss in subscriber base was mitigated with new customer addition by Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, Vodafone, and BSNL.
Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio led the market by gaining over 6.1 million subscribers, taking its total customer base to 152.08 million (13.08 percent market share). Telecom major Bharti Airtel had the highest customer base of over 289.53 million (24.91 percent market share) but followed Jio in terms of new subscriber gains in November with a net addition of over 4.34 million customers. Idea added 3.198 million n...