BSNL Says Added Most Subscribers in April, Beating Private Operators for Third Month


State-run telecom operator BSNL Wednesday said it added the most number of subscribers in April, beating its private sector competitors for the third month in a row.

“Growth of BSNL in April 2016 is 1.32 percent against the industry average 0.06 percent. BSNL has given highest growth consistently in last months i.e. February, March and April,” BSNL said in a statement.

As per latest data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, telecom subscriber base in April marginally grew to 105.92 crore from 105.88 crore in March.

Mobile subscriber base increased by 0.06 percent from 103.36 crore in March to 103.42 crore in April.

Growth in mobile segment in April was led by BSNL which added 11.39 lakh subscribers, followed byBharti Airtel (9.78 lakh), Aircel (5.72 lakh), Reliance Communications (1.1 lakh), Vodafone (46,600), Quadrant (Videocon group firm – 25,012) and MTNL (11,591).

Videocon, which has sold its mobile business to Airtel, lost 14 lakh subscribers. Companies which lost subscribers in April included Tata Teleservices (3.97 lakh), Idea Cellular (3.87 lakh), Sistema (42,290) andTelenor (25,496).