According to the latest TRAI data, Reliance Jio has added 47 lakh new mobile users in the month of April, and with this Jio subscriber base has increased to 427.6 million. Vodafone Idea has lost 1.8 million customers in the month of April.
India’s largest telecom operator Reliance Jio continues to dominate. In the month of April this year, about 47 lakh new mobile customers have been connected to Jio. While around 1.8 lakh customers have left Vodafone-Idea (Vi) during this period. This has been revealed by the report of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). During this period, about 0.51 million mobile customers are connected to Bharti Airtel.
Vodafone Idea loosing subscriber
According to the latest TRAI data, Reliance Jio has added 47 lakh new mobile users in the month of April, after which the number of Jio users has increased to 427.6 million. Whereas Vodafone Idea has lost 1.8 million customers in the month of April. The total number of Vi customers in Apr is 281.9 million. Earlier in March this year, one million subscribers were connected to VI and 0.51 new customers were added to Airtel. In this way, the total number of Airtel customers has gone up to 352.9 million.
Airtel’s VLR proportion was the highest since 19 June and it managed to hold the leadership position in terms of VLR market share for the fifth consecutive month, analysts at Emkay Global Financial Services Ltd said. Airtel’s VLR subscriber base expansion of 2.6 million was largely driven by sharp increases in circles such as Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, analysts said.
Analysts at JM Financial point out that even though the full impact of the second wave had not come into force, VIL lost subscribers and is relatively more susceptible to lockdowns and SIM consolidations compared to its peers. This is due to the presence of a larger number of lower average revenue per user 2G subscribers, they said. Put simply, the relative resilience of Jio and Airtel will keep the much-awaited tariff hike at bay in the near term. This does not bode well for VIL, which is already grappling with financial stress.
Overall Subscriber base
If we talk about the total mobile subscribers of India, then its number has increased to 1,203.4 million by the month of April. This has increased by 0.19 million from the previous month. The monthly growth rate of mobile subscribers has been 0.08 growth in urban areas. The growth rate of the same rural areas has been 0.32 percent. There has been a growth rate of 88.27 in the country in April as against 88.17 percent in the month of March.
Increase in Broadband Subscriber Base
According to TRAI data, the number of broadband subscribers increased to 782.86 million in April, an increase of 0.61 percent over the previous month. During this period, the market share of the top-5 service providers was around 98.8 percent.