telephone subscriber base in India reached 1.18 billion (118 crore) at the end
of February 2017 even as the monthly growth rate fell from 2% in January to
1.17%. During February, the country witnessed a net addition of 13.75 million
(1.375 crore) wireless and wireline telephone subscribers. “The number of
telephone subscribers in India increased from 1174.80 million (117.48 crore) at
the end of Jan-17 to 1188.55 million (118.855 crore) at the end of Feb-17,”
said the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
telephone subscribers rose from 671.63 million (67.163 crore) to 692.15 million
(69.215 crore), rural telephone subscribers registered a paltry growth of 3.83
million (0.383 crore) thereby putting the final count at 496.39 million (49.639
crore). “The monthly growth rates of urban and rural subscription were 1.62%
and 0.56% respectively during the month of Feb-17,” added TRAI.