Telecom operators added close to 37 million subscribers in the first two months of the current calendar year with the new entrant Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio) cornering almost three-fourths of the numbers, latest data from Trai showed. Total telecom subscribers grew by a little over 2% in January 2017 to 1.15 billion from 1.13 billion at the end of December last year. However, the subscriber growth slowed on a month-on-month basis in February. It grew by 1.19% to 1.16 billion in February compared to a month ago. Jio led the pack in terms of subscriber additions in both the months. The company added 18.48 million subscribers in January 2017 and 12.21 million in February.
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The country’s largest telecom operator, Bharti Airtel, followed Jio with 3.55 million subscribers in January and 1.25 million in February while Idea Cellular took the third place with 1.55 million and 1.21 million in January and February, respectively.
India’s second-largest telecom services provider, Vodafone India, added 1.75 million and 0.80 million subscribers in January and February, respectively.
A development worth noting in January this year was that for the first time in the last few months, urban mobile subscribers declined by almost 2% in the month.