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Number of mobile customers increases to 988.49 million in Jan 2018, Airtel holds topmost position

New Delhi, Feb 23: Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), the supreme industry association signifying the nation's main telecom, Internet, technology and digital services organisations released a report stating that the total number of mobile subscribers January 2018 has grown to 988.49 million.

Among the companies, Bharti Airtel Ltd. remains to hold the topmost position, with 29.50 percent market share. The company attained this by the addition of 15,02,755 subscribers during January, to take its total subscriber base to 291.61 million subscribers.

Airtel is nearly trailed by Vodafone India Ltd, which finished January with 213.81 million customers, while Idea Cellular Ltd remained at 197.64 million customers toward the finish of the January 2018. The report, which likewise gives mobile subscriber numbers to individual circles, demonstrated that the Uttar Pradesh (East) circle continued to be at the at the best with a sum of 85.58 million supporters, while Maharashtra stayed at second position with a sum of 81.56 million mobile phone customers. 

Director General of COAI, Rajan S Mathews said, "the increased numbers are a glimmer of hope for the sector, which is going through one of its darkest phases due to hyper-competition and poor financial health. All the operators have significantly expanded their services across the country, and have begun heavily diversifying their services beyond voice and data for the consumer. The industry has ensured that government's 'Digital India' programme reaches the farthest corners of the country and everyone reaps the benefit of new communication technologies." 

He further added that "Our member operators have made a further commitment to invest another Rs. 74,000 crores in their recent meeting at the Department of Telecommunications, for enhanced consumer experience and seamless connectivity. However, Right of Way (RoW) and myths around EMF continue to remain an impediment for the industry for accessing current sites. We urge the government and our citizens to help us, serve them better."

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