According to COAI data, six telecom operators, including Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular added a net 8.18 million subscribers in December to take the total number of users to 809.99 million.
The COAI data showed that the operators had added 10.19 million users on net basis in November last year.
Commenting on the issue, COAI Director General Rajan S Mathews told the media, “Growth of the telecom industry correlate with the overall growth in the country as telecommunication services are the backbone of the economy. Despite immense financial strain on the industry, the industry has still added the numbers in December 2016.”
“The growth of subscribers in December among the six mobile operators was led by Idea Cellular which added 2.84 subscribers taking its total subscriber base to 190.52 million. It was followed by Bharti Airtel which added 2.5 million subscribers during the month to take its total subscriber base to 265.85 million mobile subscribers. Vodafone added 1.9 million new subscribers to its user base which 204.69 million at end-December,” he added.