Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular said that the telecom regulator’s report on active mobile users nails the canards and lies spread by a particular set of telecom operators falsely alleging that established and performing GSM operators have been reporting inflated customer numbers.
The TRAI report exposes the double standards of these operators. Paradoxically, they are the ones who have inflated their own numbers as evidenced in the report of their VLR records establishing a very low active customer base both for their long established CDMA operations and the relatively new GSM operations.
With close to 90 per cent active customers for Bharti and 88 per cent for Idea, we have maintained high reporting standards to serve genuine information needs, rather than spurious propaganda needs. We welcome this new initiative of the TRAI to capture the real active telecom user base in the country,â€ said the joint statement.
Last week, TRAI had released a report which stated that there were only 482 million active mobile subscribers in the country as on September 30.
While the mobile operators have reported a total of 687.7 million subscribers at the end of September, TRAI said that only 70 per cent of the total wireless subscribers were found to be regular users.
This is the first time that TRAI has revealed the active number of subscriber base using the Visitor Location Register (VLR). This system of calculating subscribers shows only those subscribers who make calls or send text messages regularly.
According to the TRAI report released on Thursday, Bharti Airtel had the highest number of active subscribers on its network at 89 per cent, while new GSM player STel has the lowest with just 24 per cent of its user base active.
Other new operators including Uninor, Loop and Sistema Shyam have less than 50 per cent active subscribers.