New Delhi: Telephone subscribers in the country declined to 89.98 crore at September end from 90.30 crore at the end of June, sectoral regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said on Tuesday.

The user base at end September 2012 stood at 93.77 crore. Wireless subscribers (GSM and CDMA) declined to 87.05 crore at the end of September from 87.33 crore in June and the landline base dropped to 2.92 crore from 2.97 crore.

“The number of telephone subscribers in India decreased from 903.09 million at the end of June to 899.86 million at the end of September," Trai said in its performance indicator report for the quarter ended September 2013. On a yearly basis, there was a decline of 4.03%.

GSM subscribers, however, grew by 0.69% to 80.76 crore at the end of September as against 80.21 crore at the end of June. The CDMA subscriber base declined 11.7% to 6.29 crore from 7.12 crore.

GSM users constituted 92.77% of the wireless market, Trai said.

Trai said Bharti Airtel Ltd remained leading operator with 19.33 crore subscribers, followed by Vodafone India Ltd with 15.55 crore and Idea Cellular Ltd with 12.72 crore users. “Airtel has added the highest number of subscribers at 2.47 million, followed by Aircel (2.28 million) while Reliance Communications Ltd has the maximum net loss of 9.47 million subscribers during this quarter," it said.

There were 2.21 crore Internet subscribers, excluding users accessing the Internet through mobile devices. “In the month of September 2013, 188.2 million subscribers accessed Internet through mobile devices, as per the information received from 12 service providers," it said.

The average revenue per user (ARPU) of GSM operators declined to 109 for the quarter from 111 in the June quarter, whereas the ARPU of CDMA players fell to 98.22 from 98.35.

Gross revenue and adjusted gross revenue of the telecom service sector for the quarter ended September were 57,452.56 crore and 38,810.56 crore, respectively, it added.

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