Over 180.59 lakh opt for mobile number portability
180.59 lakh (18.1 million) mobile phone subscribers have opted for
mobile number portability (MNP) with Gujarat receiving the maximum
number of 17.63 lakh requests till the end of August, according to
official data released Thursday.
New Delhi: The number
of mobile phone subscribers in India rose to 865.7 million in
August with Idea Cellular alone adding 2.33 million subscribers,
official data showed Thursday.
According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the
wireless user base grew 0.86 percent during the month with an
addition of 7.34 million subscribers, from 858.37 million in July.
With this, the total number of telephone subscribers, including
landline holders, touched 899.78 million, registering a growth of
Overall teledensity in India reached 74.96.
However, of the total 865.71 million wireless subscribers, only
608.63 million subscribers were active subscribers on the date of
peak visitor location register (VLR).
VLR is a temporary database of the subscribers who have roamed
into the particular area, which it serves. Each base station in
the network is served by exactly one VLR, hence a subscriber
cannot be present in more than one VLR at a time.
The total number of subscribers of Idea Cellular stood at 98.44
Reliance Communications added 1.28 million users to take its
subscribers base to 146 million. Bharti Airtel added 1.15 million
subscribers to have a total of 171.85 million users.
Vodafone added 1.13 million subscribers, increasing its
subscriber-count to 144.14 million while Uninor added 349,488
million subscribers to have a total of 27.74 million.
According to the data, the broadband subscriber base grew 1.46
percent from 12.5 million in July to 12.69 million in August 2011.
However, the wireline segment base declined marginally from 34.18
million in July to 34.07 million at the end of August 2011.