Telecom subscriber base falls to 118cr in Nov, Jio tops 15-cr

New Delhi, Jan 11: The number of telecom subscribers dwindled by 1.58 crore to 118.5 crore in November, even as Reliance Jio continued to lead in customer addition with over 15 crore subscribers, as per a report by Trai. “The number of telephone subscribers in India declined from 1,201.72 million at the end of October 2017 to 1,185.88 million at the end of November 2017, thereby showing a monthly decline rate of 1.32 per cent,” the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India said in a monthly subscriber report today. The decline was mainly on account of closure of mobile services by some of the operators including Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications (RCom), which lost over 2.57 crore subscribers during the period. As per the report, the number of total mobile subscribers declined to 116.24 crore from 117.82 crore. However, the loss in subscriber base was mitigated with new customer addition by Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, Vodafone and BSNL. Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio led the market by gaining over 61 lakh subscribers, taking its total customer base to 15.2 crore. Agencies