Reliance triggers steep fall in Indian Mobile Subscribers numbers for 1st time in History!


This is surely a shocker – Indian Mobile Subscribers have fallen that too by over 20 million. If the latest TRAI report for July 2012 is to be believed, India’s Total Mobile Subscriber base has fallen to 913.49 from previous 934 million in June 2012.

The report indicates that Reliance, Tata, Uninor, Videocon, MTNL and Loop all lost mobile subscribers in July 2012, with Reliance alone accounting for close to 20.5 million mobile subscribers.

It is obvious that Reliance cannot suddenly loose such high number of subscribers. It is probably a cumulative figure that was not reported by Reliance earlier and has accounted for in this month’s report.

Tata is another company which has been on the wrong side of numbers for over 6-7 months now. But their numbers have been evenly distributed through-out this year – I was accounting the Tata fall to the Mobile Number Portability where subscribers moved from Tata to other providers.

In April, their was a cumulative fall in the urban mobile subscriber numbers, but this time due to Reliance, the total number of subscribers has witnessed a decline.

Indian Mobile Subscriber Growth

Mobile Subscriber Additions July 2012

Highlights of July 2012 TRAI Indian Mobile Subscriber Report

– A fall of 20.61 mln mobile subscribers was witnessed in July 2012 reducing the total tally to 913.49 mln.

– Urban India witnessed a fall of 18.68 mln subscribers as compared to Rural India fall of 1.92 mln. Rural monthly growth rate was –0.57% as compared to urban growth rate of just -3.13%.

– Urban Teledensity stands at 157.11 as compared to rural density of 39.54

– Urban mobile subscriber share 63.37% as compared 36.63% rural subscribers

4.98 million new Mobile portability requests were made in month of July 2012 taking the total tally of MNP requests since launch to 59.31 mln

– Out of total 913.49 million, 698.06mln were active mobile subscribers in month of July 2012 (Peak VLR data).

– 1.8 lakh new Broadband subscribers were added in month of July taking total tally to 1.47 crore.

– Delhi (233.60) has over 3 times the teledensity as compared to the National average (77.79). Lowest teledensity was registered in Bihar (47.45)

– India’s total telecom subscriber base (wireless+wireline) has fallen to 944.81 mln.

Operator wise Mobile Subscriber additions [July 12]

Net Additions July 2012

As mentioned earlier, Reliance witnessed a major fall, which has really skewed the numbers. 5 Service providers (Reliance, Tata, Uninor, Videocon, MTNL, Loop) cumulatively lost close to 25 million subscribers, while Bharti, Vodafone, BSNL, IDE, Aircel and Sistema added around 4 million new subscribers. Bharti lead the pack with 1.5 million new additions followed by Vodafone who added 1.2 million.

Operator wise Total Market Share [July 12]

Market Share july 2012

Thanks to the huge fall in subscribers for Reliance Vodafone has now become the 2nd largest Indian Telecom company behind Bharti Airtel. Reliance has been ahead of Vodafone since start marginally and had been holding on till last month. However, Vodafone now has 16.96% telecom market share in India as compared to Reliance’s 14.68%. Idea (12.88%) and BSNL (10.81%) round off the top 10 telecom operators in India.

[Download full TRAI July telecom report]

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