India adds 16.9 million telecom users in April: TRAI

New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) India added 16.9 million mobile phone users in April taking the total number of telephone subscribers in the country to 638.05 million for the month, data from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) showed.

With this, the overall tele-density in India reached 54.10 percent, TRAI said in a statement.

The number of telephone subscribers stood at 621.28 million in March, it added.

In the wireless segment, the subscriber base increased to 601.22 million in April from 584.32 million in previous month, registering a growth of 2.89 percent. The wireless tele-density stood at 50.98 percent.

However, in the wireline, the number of users declined from 36.96 million in March to 36.83 million in April. State-run telecom firms Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd hold 84.64 percent of market share in the segment for which the tele-density stood at 3.12 percent.

The total broadband subscriber base in India grew by 2.8 percent from 8.75 million in March to 9 million in April, the statement said.