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India had over 1B active mobile connections in March 2019, Vodafone Idea had the most wireless connections: TRAI

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India

India lost 0.92 million active mobile connections in March 2019. In the same month, Airtel, Vodafone Idea, and Reliance Jio accounted for 93% of total active mobile connections in India, according to data released by TRAI. The active connections data represents peak VLR (Visitor Location Register) data for the month.

Some stats:
– There were 1,021.7 billion active connections in March.
– Airtel has 100.82% of active connections 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 Airtel’s network.
– Vodafone Idea has the second highest active connection base, at 93.3%.

In terms of the number of connections, Vodafone Idea leads with 394.84 million connections, followed by Airtel with 325.2 million connections.

Mobile Operator Leaderboard For March 2019 (Total connections):
– Reliance Jio added 9.49 million connections, taking its connection base to 306.72 million.
– BSNL (VNO’s) added 37,203 connections, taking its connection base to 77,989.

State-wise data

– In terms of active connections, Bihar leads with 96.35% active connections, followed by Wes Bengal, Maharashtra, North East, Orissa and UP (East). Himachal Pradesh has only 72.98% active connections, the lowest among all circles.

– The UP (East) circle has the highest number of connections, with 98.99 million connections (98,999,789 to be exact). Maharashtra is second with 93.02 million (93,025,064) connections and Andhra Pradesh is third with 86.7 million  (86,730,381) connections.

– Vodafone Idea has the highest share of wireless connections with 34%, followed by Bharti Airtel with 28%, Reliance Jio with 26%, and BSNL with 10%.

The top two telecom operators in India – Vodafone Idea and Airtel – lost 9.32 million active connections in March. Vodafone Idea and Airtel accounted for 68% of active connections. Along with Jio, the top three now account for 93% of active connections.

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