The number of telephone subscribers in India decreased from 1,180.84 million at the end of Feb-20 to 1,177.97 million at the end of Mar-20, thereby showing a monthly decline rate of 0.24%. Urban telephone subscription decreased from 661.23 million at the end of Feb-20 to 656.46 million at the end of Mar-20, however the rural subscription increased from 519.62 million to 521.51 million during the same period. The monthly growth rates of urban and rural telephone subscription were -0.72% and 0.36% respectively during the month of Mar-20, as per TRAI report.
Total wireless subscribers (2G, 3G & 4G) decreased from 1,160.59 million at the end of Feb-20 to 1,157.75 million at the end of Mar-20, thereby registering a monthly decline rate of 0.24%. Wireless subscription in urban areas decreased from 643.24 million at the end of Feb20 to 638.48 million at the end of Mar20 however wireless subscription in rural areas increased from 517.34 million at the end of Feb-20 to 519.27 million at the end of Mar-20. Monthly growth rates of urban and rural wireless subscription were -0.74% and 0.37% respectively.
Wireline subscribers decreased from 20.26 million at the end of Feb-20 to 20.22 million at the end of Mar-20. Net decline in the wireline subscriber base was 0.04 million with a monthly decline rate of 0.20%. The share of urban and rural subscribers in total wireline subscribers were 88.91% and 11.09% respectively at the end of Mar-20.
As on 31st March, 2020, the top five Wireless Broadband Service providers were Reliance Jio Infocom Ltd (387.52 million), Bharti Airtel (146.10 million), Vodafone Idea (117.43 million), BSNL (16.43 million) and MTNL (0.18 million).