The number of telephone subscribers in the country declined by 25.96 million to 895.51 million at the end of December 2012 from 921.47 million at the end of November 2012, registering a negating growth rate of (-) 2.82 per cent.
The share of urban subscribers has declined to 62.20 per cent from 62.70 per cent, whereas the share of rural subscribers has increased to 37.80 per cent in December 2012.
The overall teledensity in India decreased to 73.34 at the end of December 2012 from 75.55 in the previous month.
Subscription in the urban areas decreased to 556.96 million at the end of December 2012 from 577.78 million in November 2012.
Subscription in rural areas decreased to 338.54 million during December 2012 from 343.69 million during the same period of the previous year.
The overall growth rate, including urban and rural subscription, stood at (-) 3.60 per cent and (-) 1.50 per cent, respectively.