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Telecom Subscriber base Increased thanks to Reliance Jio

CIO Insider Team | Friday, 25 August, 2023
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At the end of June, the nation's telecom subscriber base increased slightly to 1,173.89 million thanks to new user additions spearheaded by Reliance Jio, according to industry regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

The report claims that mobile telephony accounted for the majority of the increase in subscribers, with Reliance Jio adding over 2.27 million new consumers and Bharti Airtel adding 1.4 million.

"The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 1,172.57 million at the end of May-23 to 1,173.89 million at the end of June-23, thereby showing a monthly growth rate of 0.11 per cent," the TRAI said in its monthly subscriber report.

However, the state-owned BSNL, MTNL, and Vodafone Idea (VIL) lost users, which restrained overall development. According to the data, BSNL lost 1.87 million mobile users, VIL lost 1.28 million, and MTNL lost 1,52,912 subscribers.

"Top five service providers constituted 98.37 per cent market share of the total broadband subscribers at the end of June-23. These service providers were Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd 447.75 million, Bharti Airtel 248.06 million, Vodafone Idea 124.90 million, BSNL 24.59 million and Atria Convergence 2.16 million," the report said.

The net addition in wireless subscribers of telecom operators in the month of June was 3,73,602. “Total wireless subscribers increased from 1,143.21 million at the end of May-23, to 1,143.58 million at the end of June-23, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of 0.03 per cent," said TRAI.

With a 4.5 million increase in new active subscribers in May, Reliance Jio took the lead overall. Bharti Airtel Ltd., which added 2.2 million subscribers, came next.

Vodafone Idea, however, lost 2.3 million customers. As a result, Jio and Airtel increased their market shares by 30 bps and 8 bps, respectively, while Vodafone Idea's active subscriber market share decreased by 31 basis points (bps) sequentially to 21.6%. One tenth of a percentage point is referred to as a basis point.

Wireline connections have grown in June following a slight dip in May.

APFPL led the wireline segment growth with 6,56,424 new connections added. According to news agency PTI, Reliance Jio added 2,08,014 connections in June, followed by Bharti Airtel (1,34,021), V-Con Mobile and Infra (13,100), Tata Teleservices (12,617), and Quadrant (6,540).

According to the data, the total number of broadband users climbed from 856.81 million at the end of May to 861.47 million at the end of June 2023, representing a monthly growth rate of 0.54 percent.

"Top five service providers constituted 98.37 per cent market share of the total broadband subscribers at the end of June-23. These service providers were Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd 447.75 million, Bharti Airtel 248.06 million, Vodafone Idea 124.90 million, BSNL 24.59 million and Atria Convergence 2.16 million," the report said.

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