India added 4.67 million active mobile connections in May 2017, with Airtel, Idea, Reliance Jio and Vodafone accounting for 74% of total active mobile connections in India, according to data released by TRAI.

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

– There were 1,019.5 million active connections in the month of May 2017.
– Strangely, Idea has 101.17% 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.
– Airtel has the second highest active connection base of 96.87%, followed by Vodafone at 94.02%.

In terms of the number of active connections, Airtel leads with 269.88 million connections followed by Idea at 198.54 million connections.

Mobile Operator Leaderboard For May 2017 (Total Connections):

– Reliance Jio added 4.78 million connections, taking its connection base to 117.34 million.
– Airtel added 2.1 million connections, taking its connection base to 278.6 million.
– BSNL added 1.36 million connections, taking its connection base to 103.16 million.

Statewise data

– In terms of active connections, Maharashtra leads with 91.05% active connections, followed by Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Kerala. Mumbai has just 77.31% active connections, the lowest among all circles.

– UP (East) has the most number of connections, with 106.2 million connections (106,180,875 connections). Maharashtra is second with 94.57 million connections (94,570,556 connections) and Tamil Nadu is third with 89.77 million connections (89,776,928 connections).

– Bharti Airtel holds the maximum percentage market share of wireless connections at 24%, followed by Vodafone at 18%, Idea at 17%, Reliance Jio at 10% and BSNL at 9%.

Top 4 telcos have 74% of total active connections

The top three telecom operators in India – Vodafone, Airtel and Idea Cellular – added 0.96 million active connections in May 2017, accounting for 65% of active connections, and 21% of total active added connections. Along with Jio, the top four now account for 74% of active connections.

Their growth is outpacing the rest, as, together, they accounted for more active connections during the month (65%) than all the telecom operators combined, while some of the rest lost connections.

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