The number of Indian customers using 3G data on India’s largest telecom service provider on Airtel, grew 136% year on year to 6.4 million at the end of 31 March 2013, the company said.
The growth, enabled by the growth of smartphones in India, indicates growing appetite of the Indian consumer for data and Internet based services.
Airtel, which announced the financial results for the fourth quarter of 2013, said that it had a total of 8.4 million active 3G customers out of which 6.4 million are active 3G data customers as on 31 March 2013.
The company had 43 million data customers in total at the end of the quarter. This includes customers on 2G and 4G. Total data customers for Airtel in India grew 22% year on year.
Total data consumption on Airtel’s networks grew 139% to 24 million MB this quarter as compared to the same period in the previous quarter. Data usage per customer was 187 MB while data average revenue per user was Rs 55.
For the full year ending 31 March 2013, Airtel reported consolidated revenues of Rs 80,311 crore, up by 12.4%. Airtel has more than 270 million customers across 20 countries.
See full quarterly report of Airtel’s Q4FY2013 here (pdf).