Reliance Jio has surpassed Bharti Airtel & Vodafone India as it added 29.4 lakh mobile phone users in July, taking its subscription base to 41.59 crore subscribers. In comparison, Bharti Airtel added 5.1 lakh wireless subscribers, taking its total user base to 36.34 crore, while Vodafone Idea’s customer losses continued. The cash-strapped telecom company lost 15.4 lakh mobile customers in the month, shrinking its user base further to 25.51 crore.
According to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) India’s wireless user base rose marginally by 0.06 per cent to 114.8 crore at the end of July, from 114.7 crore. While Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel widened their market shares to 36.23 per cent and 31.66 per cent from 36 per cent and 31.63 per cent respectively, Vodafone-Idea’s share narrowed to 22.22 per cent from 22.37 per cent in June. Bharti Airtel has 97.99 per cent of its users active on the network, according to Visitor Location Register, a key metric reflecting the number of active users on a mobile network. In comparison, Bharti Airtel has 91.88 per cent, Vodafone Idea has 85.03 per cent of its users active on the network.
Top five service providers constituted 98.42 per cent market share of the total broadband subscribers at the end of July. In urban areas, the number of subscribers increased to 65.04 crore at the end of July, up from 64.90 crore at the end of June.