According to telecom regulator TRAI, India’s telecom subscriber base grew by 21.02 million to cross 1.12 billion at the end of November 2016. This means a growth rate of 1.91%. NDTV reports that the growth may be owed to the large number of additions by Reliance Jio. Also, the country’s mobile subscriber base increased by 1.96% to 1,099.51 million at the end of November, up from 1,078.42 million in October. However, the number of broadband subscribers slightly declined to 218.26 million at the end of November.
Further, the regulator said Reliance Jio alone added over 16.2 million in November, taking its total subscriber base to 51.87 million within three months of launching its commercial 4G services. It is also the leader of the mobile broadband segment. Jio was followed by Idea with a net addition of 2.52 million new customers, Bharti Airtel (1.08 million customers), Vodafone (890,794 subscribers), BSNL (831,286), Telenor (486,786), Aircel (302,036), Reliance Communications (156,187) and MTNL (3,364).