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What’s a few million when you have 934 million active mobile connections in India? The Active connection data represents peak VLR (Visitor Location Register) data for the month, so it includes users roaming from on another telecom operators network (For example, Airtel, Idea and Vodafone have Intra-circle roaming arrangements which allow 3G users from Airtel to roam on an Idea 3G network). These are counted as separate Internet connections, and there is also multi-SIM usage, so the number of connections should not be seen as active users.

Some stats:

– Airtel has the second highest active connection base of 97.53%, followed by Vodafone at 95.96%.
– There were 934.03 million active connections in the month of April 2016.
– Idea has 104.65% of connections active on its network – the highest among all telcos. TRAI says the percentage of active connections is more than 100% due to in-roamers i.e. subscribers from other operators roaming in Idea’s network.

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In terms of the number of active connections, Airtel leads with 245.98 million connections followed by Vodafone at 189.99 million connections.

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Mobile Operator Leaderboard For April 2016 (Total Connections):

– Bsnl added 1.13 million connections, taking its connection base to 87.48 million.
– Airtel added 0.97 million connections, taking its connection base to 252.21 million.
– RCom added 0.11 million connections, taking its connection base to 102.51 million.
– Idea lost 0.38 million connections, taking its connection base to 174.68 million.
– Videocon lost 1.40 million connections, taking its connection base to 5.15 million.

Top 4 telcos have 76% of total active connections

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The top three telecom operators in India – Vodafone, Airtel and Idea Cellular –lost 1.41 million active connections in April 2016, accounting for 66% of active connections, and 58% of total active added connections. Along with Reliance Communications, the top four now account for 76% of active connections.

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Their growth is outpacing the rest, as, together, they accounted for more active connections during the month (66%) than all the telecom operators combined, while some of the rest lost connections.

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Statewise data

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– In terms of active connections, Madhya Pradesh leads with 94.18% active connections, followed by West Bengal, Maharashtra and Kerala. North East has just 80.33% active connections, the lowest among all circles.

– UP (East) has the most number of connections, with 93.29 million connections (93,294,755 connections). Maharashtra is second with 83.95 million connections (83,953,700 connections) and Tamil Nadu is third with 81.39 million connections (81,397,008 connections).

– Bharti Airtel holds the maximum percentage market share of wireless connections at 24.39%, followed by Vodafone at 19.14%, Idea at 16.89%, Reliance at 9.91% and Aircel at 8.48%.

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Download: Press Release


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