Mobile subscriber in India crosses 652.42 million mark

New Delhi, Sep 11 (Calcutta Tube) The number of mobile subscribers in the country crossed the 652.42 million mark in July, with the addition of 16.92 million connections, official data show.

According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), the wireless user base grew 2.66 percent to 652.42 million in July from 635.51 million in the previous month.

With this, the total telephone subscriber base touched 688.38 million.

The growth in this category was led by Bharti Airtel, which added 2.6 million users to take its subscriber base to 139.2 million users.

Reliance Communications added 2.5 million new subscribers, taking its subscriber base to 113.3 million. Vodafone added 2.4 million connections taking its user base to 111.4 subscribers.

According to the data, the broadband subscriber base grew 2.67 percent from 9.45 million in June to 9.77 million in July 2010.

However, the wireline segment declined further. ‘Wireline subscriber base declined from 36.18 million in June-2010 to 35.96 million at the end of July-2010,’ said TRAI in a statement.

BSNL and MTNL, the two state-run operators, hold 83.86 percent of the wireline market share.

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