Bharti Airtel Ltd. added the most active subscribers in 14 months as concerns stemming from protests by farmers in northern India affected the increase in Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. customers.
According to the Indian Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, the mobile operator controlled by Sunil Mittal added as many as 5.5 million users who pay regularly in December during the previous month. Reliance Jio added nearly 3.2 million subscribers, while Vodafone Idea Ltd. lost 1.5 million subscribers.
Reliance Jio saw its towers destroyed late last year during agricultural protests in Delhi-NCR, Punjab and Haryana, and also accused rivals who used the opportunity to switch their customers, something that Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea rejected.
While the active subscriber base of Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio increased by 1.7% and 1%, respectively, compared to the previous month, Vodafone Idea fell by 0.6%.