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868 Million Active Mobile Connections In India in May 2015; RCOM Loses 1.11M

According to the Indian telecom regulator TRAI, India lost 1.33 million “active” mobile connections during the month of May 2015.


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

– There were 868.64 million active connection in the month of May.
– Strangely, Idea apparently has 102.18% 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.
RCom has the second highest active connection base of 97.61%, followed by Airtel at 95.81%.


In terms of the number of active connections, Airtel leads with 219.82 million connections followed by Vodafone at 175.35 million connections.



Mobile Operator Leaderboard For May 2015 (Total Connections):

– Idea added 1.25 million connections, taking its connection base to 160.45 million.
– Airtel added 1.19 million connections, taking its connection base to 229.44 million.
– Uninor added 0.9 million connections, taking its connection base to 108.69 million.

Statewise data


– In terms of active connections, Kerala leads with 94.56% active connections, followed by West Bengal, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. Tamil Nadu has just 79.21% active connections, the lowest among all circles.

– UP (East) has the most number of connections, with 85.10 million connections (85,102,210 connections). Tamil Nadu is second with 80.01 million connections (80,019,058 connections) and Maharashtra is third with 76.86 million connections (76,863,343 connections).

– Bharti Airtel holds the maximum percentage market share of wireless connections at 23.51%, followed by Vodafone at 18.96%, Idea at 16.44%, Reliance at 11.14% and Aircel at 8.48%.


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