According to TRAI figures, Circle C registered a year on year growth rate of 70 per cent, an addition of 2.3 million mobile subscribers in absolute numbers. Circle B had the highest number of additions at 6.8 million in October.
According to the latest figures released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, the telephone subscriber base in India reached 525 million in October, taking the teledensity to 44.8 per hundred population. The wireless subscriber base stands at 488 million.
In a break-up of circle-wise growth in mobile subscriptions, the figures reveal that in absolute numbers, Circle B had the highest number of additions at 6.8 million in October. In percentage terms, the growth rate is about 52 per cent year on year. This circle comprises Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh, Kerala, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (East), Uttar Pradesh (West), West Bengal, Sikkim and Lakshwadeep.
While the absolute growth for Circle C is 2.3 million in October, its yearly growth rate is accelerating at 70 per cent. This circle comprises Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Assam, North East, Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.
As for the other circles, mobile subscribers grew at 47 per cent in Circle A (Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Goa) and 37 per cent in metros (Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata).
Interestingly, wireline or fixed line telephony is registering a negative growth in all circles on a yearly basis.
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