According to the Indian telecom regulator TRAI, India added 8.9 million “active” connections during the month of December 2013, while it added 5.1 million total connections during the month. This indicates that connections that were perhaps inactive in November, became active in December 2013.

The number of mobile users in the country is likely to be much less that the 762.39 million active connection base (which is around 86.06% of the total), since this includes multi-SIM users, and the TRAI mistakenly reports “connections” as subscribers. Perhaps, more people started using their other SIM in December.

Another interesting thing worth noticing is the dominance of the top three and the top four telecom operators in the country: Airtel, Idea and Vodafone combined, account for 55% of the total mobile connections in India, and 62.2% of the active connections. With RCOM, the top four telcos account for 68.2% of the total mobile connections in India and 76.5% of the active connections.

Trai Dec 2013 Top 4 operators

The split between various telecom operators, in terms of active connections

Trai Dec 2013 Active

Active Connection Base

The Active connection data represents peak VLR (Visitor Location Register) data for the month. Some stats:

– There were 762.39 million active connection in the month of December.
– Idea has 100.98% of its connections active – the maximum among all the operators. TRAI says the percentage of active connections is more than 100% due to in-roamers.
– Airtel has the second highest active connection base of 96.23%, followed by Vodafone at 95.63%.

In terms of the number of active connections, Airtel leads with 190.92 million connections followed by Vodafone at 153.39 million connections.

Trai Dec 2013 telcos

Trai Dec 2013 sp wise net addition

Mobile Operator Leaderboard For December 2013:

– Vodafone added 2.37 million connections, taking its connection base to 160.40 million.
– Airtel added 1.80 million connections, taking its connection base to 198.40 million.
– Aircel added 1.62 million connections, taking its connection base to 66.91 million.
– BSNL lost 2.04 million connections, taking its connection base to 96.29 million.

Trai Dec 2013 circles

– In terms of active connections, Maharashtra leads with 92.24% active connections, followed by West Bengal, Assam and Madhya Pradesh. Tamil Nadu has just 74.08% active connections, the lowest among all circles.

– UP (East) has the most number of connections, with 74.58 million connections (74,582,984 connections). Tamil Nadu is second with 74.26 million connections (74,257,212 connections) and Maharashtra is third with 70.48 million connections (70,483,300 connections).

– Bharti Airtel holds the maximum percentage market share of wireless connections at 22.39%, followed by Vodafone at 18.10%, Idea at 14.52%, Reliance at 13.23% and BSNL at 10.86%.

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