Mobile operator's deadliest decline seems to have been registered last quarter by the top three telecom majors Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular. From a luxury, mobile phones have stormed into our lives and become essentials. No wonder a report revealed that there were more mobiles than wash rooms in rural India. However the decline rises a serious concern of saturation in the market or is there any other force that is prevalent. As revealed by the Telcos this is largely due to the decline in actual growth amid prevailing uncertainty in the sector.
As per their reports the three operators have jointly lost over five million subscribers. While Airtel has lost over 1.9 million, Vodafone has lost 1.56 million and Idea Cellular 1.65 million.
Situation is similar with other operators too say reports. Uninor and MTNL too lost 2.4 million and 105,702 customers respectively. This takes the overall wireless subscriber base to 908.36 million, according to data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
The Industry shows the indication of unsteady policies of the government and also urge for immediate corrective measures to let this 'golden goose' survive. (With inputs from internet-AW AarKay)