Posted: Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 1713 hrs IST
The subscriber base report for the month of July released by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) shows that overall telecom user base of the country dropped by 20.71 million subscribers over June.
"This is the first time we have seen decline in overall subscriber base," a TRAI official said.
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