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Telecom subscriber base registers a decline of 49 million users, says Ind-ra report

August 02, 2018
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According to a report by India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra), the telecom subscriber base in India registered a decline of 49 million subscribers in May  2018 when compared on a year-on-year (y-o-y) basis.

Among the major operators Bharti Airtel experienced an increase of 36 million in its subscriber base, which can be attributed to its merger with Telenor India. Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL) also reported an increase of 9.34 million subscribers. However, Idea Cellular reported a decline of 2.5 million subscribers.

In terms of subscriber market share, Airtel’s subscriber market share increased to 30.5 per cent in May, Vodafone-Idea merger increased by 4.4 per cent y-o-y to 39 per cent and Jio’s subscriber market share increased by 8.3 per cent y-o-y to 18.2 per cent.

As per the report, the industry visitor location register (VLR) ratio fell from 89.8 per cent in April 2018 to 87 per cent in May 2018. Among major operators, Airtel registered a decline from 106.3 per cent in April 2018 to 95.3 per cent in May 2018 which was largely due to its merger with Telenor.

In terms of VLR subscribers, Jio added 83 million VLR subscribers, followed by Airtel, Vodafone and Idea which added 58 million, 11 million and 8 million VLR subscribers respectively from May 2017 to May 2018. Further, Reliance Communications and Tata Teleservices lost almost all of their VLR subscribers.

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