Telephone Subscribers Grew 0.41 Percent in February: TRAI

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The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 1,175.01 million at the end of January 2018 to 1,179.83 million at the end of February 2018, a monthly growth rate of 0.41 percent, official data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said in New Delhi on Tuesday.

The urban subscription declined from 672.54 million at the end of January 2018 to 669.63 million at the end of February 2018, however, the rural subscription increased from 502.47 million to 510.20 million during the same period.

The overall teledensity in India increased from 90.61 at the end of January 2018 to 90.89 at the end of February 2018.

The TRAI data showed total wireless subscribers (GSM, CDMA and LTE) increased from 1,151.94 million at the end of January 2018 to 1,156.87 million at the end of February 2018, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of 0.43 percent.

However, wireline subscribers further declined from 23.07 million at the end of January 2018 to 22.97 million at the end of February 2018. Net decline in the wireline subscriber base was 0.10 million with a monthly decline rate of 0.45 percent.

During February 2018, a total of 6.57 million requests were received for mobile number portability (MNP). With this, the cumulative MNP requests increased from 344.59 million at the end of January 2018 to 351.16 million at the end of February 2018, since the implementation of MNP.