Reliance Jio Adds 90 Times More New Subscribers Than Bharti Airtel
The country’s telecom subscriber base crossed the 120-crore mark for the third time. Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd., BSNL and Bharti Airtel Ltd. added new customers in January, according to a report released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.
"The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 1,197.87 million at the end of December 2018 to 1,203.77 million at the end of January 2019, thereby showing a monthly growth rate of 0.49 percent," TRAI said in its subscriber report for January 2019.
Previously, the subscriber base had crossed the 120-crore mark in July 2017 and May 2018. The mobile customer base grew to 118 crore in January from 117 crore in December. The wireline connection in the country slid to 2.17 crore in January from 2.18 crore in December.
Reliance Jio dominated growth by adding over 93 lakh new mobile customers. State-run telecom firm BSNL followed Reliance Jio by adding 9.82 lakh subscribers. Bharti Airtel returned to growth track, after losing customers in December, by adding more than 1 lakh new customers.
The net increase of telecom subscriber in January was 59 lakh, compared to over 1 crore added by the three players. However, Vodafone Idea and Tata Teleservices jointly lost close to 44 lakh mobile customers.
The country’s biggest telecom operator Vodafone Idea lost 35.8 lakh mobile customers, Tata Teleservices lost 8.4 lakh and state-run MTNL lost 4,927 mobile customers.
The wireline connections declined mainly because of BSNL losing 90,000 connections. Private operators Bharti Airtel and Vodafone added 29,930 and 6,386 connections.
Broadband connections in the country grew 4.15 percent to 54 crore in January from 51.8 crore in December. The mobile devices-based broadband connections accounted for over 96 percent of total base with over 52.1 crore subscribers, while wireline connections reached 1.82 crore.
Top five service providers constituted 98.63 percent market share of the total broadband subscribers at the end of January. Reliance Jio led the market with 28.94 crore broadband subscribers. It was followed by Bharti Airtel with 11 crore connections, Vodafone Idea 10.98 crore, BSNL two crore and and Tata Teleservices Group 22.6 lakh connections.
BSNL maintained lead in the wireline broadband segment with 91.7 lakh connection. It was followed by Airtel with 23 lakh connections, Atria Convergence 14 lakh, Hathway Cable & Datacom 7.9 connection and MTNL 7.7 lakh connections.