Telephone subscribers increased to 118 crore in February 2017 TRAI

Telephone subscribers increased to 118 crore in February 2017 TRAI

The total 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).

While urban 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.

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