Reliance Jio Adds 82.6 Lakh Users In June, Vodafone Idea Loses 41.45 Lakh Subscribers: TRAI 
A vendor uses a mobile phone to scan a QR code on a SIM card packet for the carrier Reliance Jio, the mobile network of Reliance Industries Ltd. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Reliance Jio Adds 82.6 Lakh Users In June, Vodafone Idea Loses 41.45 Lakh Subscribers: TRAI 


Older operators Bharti Airtel Ltd. and Vodafone Idea Ltd. continued to lose subscribers during June, while rival Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. added over 82.6 lakh users, according to data released by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

In absolute terms, Vodafone Idea continued to lead the total subscriber tally at 38.34 crore, followed by Reliance Jio with 33.12 crore and Bharti Airtel with 32.03 crore.

Vodafone Idea shed 41.45 lakh subscribers, and Bharti Airtel 29,883 customers during June, while the Jio continued to add users.

TRAI data showed that Reliance Jio gained 82.68 lakh customers in June, higher than 81.80 lakh additions it had notched in May.

Also read: Reliance Jio Adds Fewest Active Subscribers In 25 Months

State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. - despite all its financial and operational woes - continued to gain subscribers in June as well. BSNL, which was the only mobile operator apart from Jio to add customers, gained 2.66 lakh users during June.

Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel, which have introduced minimum recharge schemes in their quest to chase higher average revenues per user and improve financials, have seen their subscriber base erode in the past months but the pace of subscriber loss appears to have slowed down in June.

For instance, Vodafone Idea had lost 56.97 lakh subscribers and Bharti Airtel 15.08 lakh users in May. These two operators have been locked in a bruising tariff war following the entry of Reliance Jio, backed by India's richest man Mukesh Ambani.

Subscriber Market Share As Of June 30

  • Vodafone Idea: 32.9 percent
  • Reliance Jio: 28.42 percent
  • Bharti Airtel: 27.49 percent

Also read: Reliance Jio Broadband Plans Seen Impacting DTH Firms, Airtel Not So Much

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