India ended November with 543.20 million telephone subscribers, up 3.34 percent from 525.65 million in October, according to data from Indian regulator Trai.
Teledensity reached 46.32 percent from 44.87 percent in the previous month. The wireless and mobile (GSM, CDMA, fixed wireless phone) subscriber base stood at 506.04 million, growing by 3.61 percent from 488.40 million in the previous month. Indian operator Bharti Airtel remained market leader with 116 million customers from 113.21 million in October. This was followed by Reliance with 90.987 million subscribers, Vodafone Essar with 88.607 million subscribers, BSNL with 60.78 million and Idea with 55.9 million subscribers. Tata Teleservices ended the month with 53.99 million subscribers, while MTNL saw its subscriber base reach 4.81 million. Sistema Shyam saw its subscriber base grew to 2.64 million from 2.29 million in the previous month.
The fixed subscriber base declined to 37.16 million from 37.25 million in October. The total broadband subscriber base rose 2.26 percent to 7.57 million from 7.40 million a month earlier.