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India had 970.2 Mn active mobile connections in August 2019, Vodafone Idea and Airtel lost 8.6Mn active connections

India lost 2.15 million active mobile connections in August 2019. Reliance Jio added 8.4 million connections, but every other telco lost some of their existing connections. Vodafone Idea lost 4.9 million connections, and Airtel lost over hald a million connections. In terms of the number of connections, Vodafone Idea leads with 375 million connections, followed by Reliance Jio with 348.2 million connections, surpassing Airtel’s connections.

State-wise data

  • In terms of active connections, West Bengal leads with 88.1% active connections, followed by Maharashtra, Bihar, and North East. Jammu & Kashmir has only 58.81% active connections, the lowest among all circles.
  • The UP (East) circle has the highest number of connections, with 100.2 million connections (100,155,623 to be exact). Maharashtra is second with 93.4 million (93,381,430) connections and Andhra Pradesh is third with 87.5 million (87,521,773) connections.
  • Vodafone Idea has the highest share of wireless connections with 32%, followed by Reliance Jio with 30%, Bharti Airtel with 28%, and BSNL with 10%.

The top two telecom operators in India – Vodafone Idea and Airtel – lost 8.6 million active connections in August. Vodafone Idea and Airtel accounted for 63% of active connections. Along with Jio, the top three now account for 93% of active connections.

Active Connections

In August 2019, 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 numbers

  • There were 970.2 million active connections in August.
  • Airtel has 93.36% of active connections on its network – the highest among all telcos. Also, in the case of Airtel, it has included Tata Teleservices customers on its network.
  • Reliance Jio has the second-highest active connection base, at 83.11%.

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