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Airtel and Vodafone Idea Collectively Lost Over 75 Lakh Subscribers in March, Jio Adds 46 Lakh New Ones: TRAI


Reliance Jio continues to add over 46 lakh customers in March whereas Airtel and Vodafone continue to see a dip in the numbers of wireless subscribers.

- Updated: 15th Jul 2020, 14:10 IST

Jio Subscribers and TRAI

Overshadowing the number of Airtel subscribers and Vodafone Subscribers, Jio has to lead the chart for the most number of wireless subscriptions in March according to the reports shared by TRAI(Telecom Regulatory Authority of India). Jio accounted for 46 lakh new subscriptions during March this year. Its subscriber base worth over 38.75 crores according to the data by TRAI.

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The other two private telecoms, Vodafone and Bharti Airtel witness erosion in their subscription base with Airtel losing 12 lakh wireless subscription, and Vodafone Idea saw a steep decline fall with lose of 63 lakh customers. Both of them collectively account for 75 lakh. Based on the TRAI’s report Jio holds 33.47% wireless subscribers of the total market share, followed by Bharti Airtel witnessing 28.31% of it. 

By the end of March, Airtel Subscribers base was worth 32.78 crores and Vodafone subscribers base were worth 31.91 crores. In contrast to that, interestingly the state-run BSNL, on the other hand, added over 95,000 new customers by that time. Now that total tally of BSNL subscribers worldwide is 11.97 crores. 

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TRAI Annual Report

According to the TRAI statement, “Total wireless subscribers (2G, 3G, and 4G) decreased from 1,160.59 million (116.05 crores) at the end of February 2020 to 1,157.75 million (117.57 crores) at the end of March 2020, thereby registering a monthly decline rate of 0.24 percent,”

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The urban and suburban areas showcased a decrease from 64.3 crores in February to 63.8 crores in march in context to the number of the wireless subscriptions. Whereas, in the rural areas it increased from 51.7 crores to 51.92 crores by the end of March 2020.

Various reasons could be mapped for this success of JIO. It may be because of the out-performing services, better data plans with more Talk-time at lower rates, better reach and customer support, and much more. Hopefully, by the end of the COVID-19 pandemic when the starts to rise, the network operators may come up with exciting offers and better services to retains the existing and get more new subscriptions.

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Highlights of the Story

  1. Concluding the data provided by TRAI’s March 2020 report, Jio enjoys a 33.47% wireless-subscriber market share in India.
  2. After gaining 12 lakh subscribers in February 2020, Bharti Airtel reflects a downward leaning graph with more than 12 lakh subscribers lost in March.
  3. Airtel and Vodafone collectively see to loose 75 lakh wireless subscribers whereas Jio saw an increase in number by 46 lakh subscriptions.

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