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India's total wireless subscribers grew to 1.18 bn in January 2019: TRAI

The wireless subscription in urban areas increased to 654.20 million while that of rural areas declined to 527.77 million.

India's total wireless subscribers grew to 1.18 bn in January 2019: TRAI

New Delhi: India's total wireless subscribers grew by 0.51 percent to 1,181.97 million (1.18 bn) in January 2019, as per a report by telecom regularor TRAI.

Total wireless subscribers (GSM, CDMA & LTE) increased from 1,176.00 million at the end of December 2018 to 1,181.97 million at the end of January 2019, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of 0.51 percent, the TRAI report said.

As on January 31, 2019, the private access service providers held 89.95 percent market share of the wireless subscribers whereas BSNL and MTNL, the two PSU access service providers, had a market share of only 10.05%, the regulator said in its report.

The Wireless subscription in urban areas increased from 647.52 million at the end of December 2018 to 654.20 million at the end of January 2019, however wireless subscriptions in rural areas declined from 528.48 million to 527.77 million during the month.

The monthly growth rates of urban wireless subscription was1.03 percent and rural wireless subscription was 0.13%, the report said

The Wireless Tele-density in India increased from 89.78 at the end of December 2018 to 90.15 at the end of January 2019.

The Urban Wireless Tele-density increased from 155.48 at the end of December 2018 to 156.85 at the end of January 2019, however Rural Wireless Tele-density declined from 59.15 to 59.04 during the same period.

The share of urban and rural wireless subscribers in total number of wireless subscribers was 55.35 percent and 44.65 percent respectively at the end of January 2019.