More than 19.6 million new users were added to Mukesh Ambani- led Reliance Jio Infocomm’s network in October, far ahead of market leader Bharti Airtel which added 2.3 million subscribers in the same period, the telecom regulator said in a report on Monday.
Jio launched its telecom operations on September 5 and offered free voice and data services for its users till December 31, 2016, in a bid to capture the market. This free offer in December was further extended to March 31, 2017, and has helped Jio notch up 58 million subscribers overall at last count. The new entrant had added nearly 16 million users to its network in September.
In October, number two telco Vodafone India added 1.1 million users while the third largest player Idea Cellular gained 6.33 million, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India said.
Bharti Airtel is No 1 player in India with a market share of 24.32% against 24.76% last month by user base, followed by Vodafone at 18.72% and Idea at 17.17%. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. had 8.8% share of the market, the dominant one among PSUs – MTNL has only 0.34% share among an over billion phone users.
The report also pointed out that Tata Teleservices lost 1.3 million subscribers in October while Reliance Communication lost close to a million subscribers. Sistema lost 256,555 users in October.
According to the Trai report, total wireless subscriber base increased from 1,049.74 million at the end of September 2016 to 1,078.42 million at the end of October, registering a monthly growth rate of 2.73%.
The wireless subscription in urban areas increased from 603.80 million at the end of September to 621.77 million at the end of October 2016, while that in rural areas also increased from 445.94 million to 456.66 million during the same period, with monthly growth rates of urban and rural wireless subscription of 2.97% and 2.40% respectively.
Delhi recorded the highest teledensity of 236.38 whereas the lowest was recorded in Bihar at 56.91.
In northern and western India, the highest requests for mobile number portability has been received in Rajasthan followed by Gujarat, while in southern and eastern India, it has been received in Karnataka followed by Andhra Pradesh.
Wireline subscriber base increased from 24.51 million from the end of September 2016 to 24.52 million by the end of October 2016. BSNL and MTNL, the two PSU access service providers, held 70.82% of the market share. MTNL saw the highest additions in the subscriptions in the wireline market share while BSNL saw a decline of 14,564 users.
Net addition in the wireline subscriber base was 0.02 million with a monthly growth rate of 0.1%. The shares of urban and rural subscribers in total wireline subscribers were 84.04% and 15.96% respectively at the end of October 2016.
The number of broadband subscribers increased from 192.30 million at the end of September 2016 to 218.42 million by end of October with a monthly growth rate of 13.59%
Bharti Airtel leads among the wireless broadband service providers with 46.22 million subscribers followed by Vodafone and Reliance Jio. BSNL holds the highest market share in the wired broadband service provider base with 9.94 million subscribers.
However, overall wired and wireless broadband service share at the end of September was highest for Bharti Airtel at 22.05% followed by Vodafone and Reliance Jio. The share of Idea in overall wired and wireless broadband service stood at 13.63%, behind Jio which stood at 16.45%.
The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 1,074.24 million in September to 1,102.94 million in October 2016, a monthly growth rate of 2.67%.
The wireless teledensity in India increased from 82.17 at the end of September 2016 to 86.25 by end of October. The share of urban and rural wireless subscribers in the total number of wireless subscribers was 58.24% and 41.76% respectively at the end of October 2016.
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