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India had 999.6 Mn active mobile connections in April 2019, Vodafone Idea had the most wireless connections: TRAI

India lost 22.07 million active mobile connections in April 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, and in case intra-circle roaming is still operational, might indicate double counting of users.

Some stats:

– There were 1,162.29 billion active connections in April.
– Airtel has 100.69% 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. Also, in case of Airtel, it might be including Tata Teleservices customers on its network, since it was in the process of getting approval for that acquisition in April. This should change for data reported June onwards.
– Vodafone Idea has the second highest active connection base, at 87.03%.

In terms of the number of connections, Vodafone Idea leads with 393.25 million connections, followed by Airtel with 321.89 million connections.

Mobile Operator Leaderboard For April 2019 (Total connections):
– Reliance Jio added 8.08 million connections, taking its connection base to 314.8 million.
– BSNL added 228,586 connections, taking its connection base to 115.89 million.
– BSNL (VNO’s) added 3,901 connections, taking its connection base to 81,890.

State-wise data

– In terms of active connections, Bihar leads with 93.44% active connections, followed by West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, North East, Orissa and UP (East). Himachal Pradesh has only 73.74% active connections, the lowest among all circles.

– The UP (East) circle has the highest number of connections, with 99.64 million connections (99,643,227 to be exact). Maharashtra is second with 93.03 million (93,027,114) connections and Andhra Pradesh is third with 86.59 million (86,594,639) connections.

– Vodafone Idea has the highest share of wireless connections with 34%, followed by Bharti Airtel with 28%, Reliance Jio with 27%, and BSNL with 10%.

The top two telecom operators in India – Vodafone Idea and Airtel – lost 29.74 million active connections in April. Vodafone Idea and Airtel accounted for 67% of active connections. Along with Jio, the top three now account for 93% of active connections.

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