Rajan Mathews, director general, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), told IANS , “The government should be concerned because this is creating a cumulative impact on the industry. The overall economic climate has deteriorated. The industry has largely been affected by various sorts of charges and stringent norms such as that for VAS services and for activating new subscribers,” .
A senior telecom executive told IANS, choosing anonymity, “We are facing huge margin pressure and are trying to cut down on dealer incentives and freebies as the sales and distribution costs have also gone up. This is the way the market is rationalising itself,”.
India three major telecom players – Idea Cellular, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone have informed a decline in subscribers for the 1st time in over 10 years.
Acc. to the operators this is highly due to the decline in actual growth amid prevailing uncertainty in the sector.
They lost jointly lost over 5 million subscribers.
In that Idea Cellular 1.65 million, Airtel has lost over 1.9 million and Vodafone has lost 1.56 million and.
Uninor and MTNL too lost 2.4 million and 105,702 subscribers.
On Tuesday evening TRAI released the data. This takes the overall wireless subscriber base to 908.36 million.
During the previous month, The subscriber base stoped at 913.49 million.
Private operators keep 88.49 % of the wireless market share based on customer base with Vodafone, Airtel and Idea controlling 16.88%, 20.58% and 12.77%.
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