Telecom subscriber base in India reached 1.19 billion at the end of December 2017 with Reliance Jio adding over 8 million new customers alone during the month, according to data published by telecom regulator Trai.
"The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 1,185.88 million at the end of November 2017 to 1,190.67 million at the end of December 2017, thereby showing a monthly growth rate of 0.4 per cent," Trai said in a monthly subscribers' report.
Reliance Jio led the growth in mobile segment by adding over 8 million new customers-- three fold more than it closest competitor Idea which added 2.43 million subscribers in the reported month.
Despite closure of mobile services, RCom was left with over 33.16 million customers. Trai has asked RCom to refund unspent money of customers who have not been able to port their number of exhaust their balance.
The subscriber base in wireline segment declined to 23.23 million at the end of December from 23.41 million at the end of November 2017.
BSNL which dominates the market with 53.5 per cent market share lost 127,842 fixed line customers while private operators Tata Teleservices added 8,294 new connections, Vodafone added 7,625 and Bharti Airtel added 5,995 new fixed line customers in December.
The number of broadband subscribers increased to 362.87 million at the end of December from 350.7 million in November.
"Top five service providers constituted 93.8 per cent market share of the total broadband subscribers at the end of Dec-17. These service providers were Reliance Jio Infocom Ltd (160.09 million), Bharti Airtel (71.09 million), Vodafone (52.44 million), Idea Cellular (34.81 million) and BSNL (21.95 million)," the report said.
Mobile devices accounted for 344.57 subscribers in December.
The top-five wired broadband service providers in December were BSNL (9.38 million), Bharti Airtel (2.15 million), Atria Convergence Technologies (1.28 million), MTNL (0.91 million) and Hathway Cable & Datacom (0.73 million).
The overall tele-density in India increased to 91.90 at the end of December from 91.61 at the end of November 2017.