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Sep 09, 2012, 12.09 PM IST
Telecom subscriber base fell to 944.81 million in July from 965.52 million a month ago, the first ever decline in the country.
"This is the first time we have seen decline in overall subscriber base," a TRAI official told PTI. The decline in total subscriber base for the first time was led by the wireless segment where users declined by 20.61 million. The biggest loss in user base came from Reliance Communications that lost 20.48 million users, followed by Tata Teleservices, Uninor, Videocon, Loop and MTNL.
RCom said the drop is due to removal of inactive customers from its user base. "With an objective to release the substantial blocked resources of number series and in context of DoT's stringent guidelines on issuance of fresh numbers, RCom has decided to deactivate the inactive prepaid subscribers who have not had any usage in the last 60 days," a RCom spokesperson said.
The total subscriber base of RCom declined to around 134 million in July from over 154 million in June. Tata Teleservices lost over 2.4 million wireless
No immediate comments from these companies were received. Bharti Airtel, however, lead the growth in mobile subscribers in July by adding over 1.5 million new customers, taking its total subscriber base to over 188 million.
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