According to the Indian telecom regulator TRAI, India added a significant 10.21 million “active” connections during the month of August 2014, while it added 5.59 million total connections during the month.

This probably means that several users who hadn’t been using their extra SIM card, began using it since the tariffs have gone up and the propensity to use an additional SIM for cheaper plans might have increased.

What’s also worth noticing is the dominance of the top three and the top four telecom operators in the country who tend to increase rates together: Airtel, Idea and Vodafone combined, account for 56.78% of the total mobile connections in India, and 62.9% of the active connections. With RCOM, the top four telcos account for 68.6% of the total mobile connections in India and 76.1% of the active connections.

TRAI top four August 2014
The split between various telecom operators, in terms of active connections

TRAI Active August 2014
Active Connection Base

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

– There were 807.30 million active connection in the month of August.
– Strangely, Idea apparently has 101.34% of its connections active – 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.
 RCOM has the second highest active connection base of 97.45%, followed by Airtel at 95.79%.

In terms of the number of active connections, Airtel leads with 201.66 million connections followed by Vodafone at 162.73 million connections.

TRAI telcos August 2014

TRAI net addition August 2014

Mobile Operator Leaderboard For August 2014:

– Idea added 1.71 million connections, taking its connection base to 141.83 million.
– Vodafone added 1.22 million connections, taking its connection base to 172.49 million.

TRAI circles August 2014

– In terms of active connections, Maharashtra leads with 93.53% active connections, followed by Madhya Pradesh, Assam and West Bengal. J & K has just 75.76% active connections, the lowest among all circles.

– UP (East) has the most number of connections, with 79.18 million connections (79,187,575 connections). Tamil Nadu is second with 77.59 million connections (77,591,095 connections) and Maharashtra is third with 73.94 million connections (73,947,243 connections).

– Bharti Airtel holds the maximum percentage market share of wireless connections at 22.78%, followed by Vodafone at 18.66%, Idea at 15.34%, Reliance at 11.86% and BSNL at 9.47%.

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