Jio adds 2.5 mn subscribers in July; rivals Airtel, VI lose customers

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The total `active subscribers' number fell in July by 2.1 million but overall wireless subscribers increased about 3.5 million during the same period

Reliance Jio added 2.5 million more active subscribers during July while its rivals Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea lost about 0.4 million and 3.8 million active users respectively, TRAI data said.

The total `active subscribers' number fell in July by 2.1 million but overall wireless subscribers increased about 3.5 million during the same period, said the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) data.

Industry's active subscriber base...in July declined 2.1 million at 956 million after a fall of 2.8 million month-on-month in June, reported PTI citing Axis Capital report.

Active subscribers are calculated based on reported Visitor Location Register (VLR), a key metric reflecting the number of active users on a mobile network.

"As per TRAI data, RJio gained 2.5 million active subscribers, while Airtel/VI lost 0.4/ 3.8 million active subscribers in July. Airtel's reported subscriber addition was up 3.3 mn month-on-month offset by reduction in VLR by 114 bps (basis points)," Axis report said.

Out of the total wireless subscribers of about 1,144 million, 955.8 million wireless subscribers were active (measured on the date of peak VLR) in July 2020, the regulator said.

The proportion of active wireless subscribers was nearly 83.54 percent of the total wireless subscriber base, TRAI said.

"Bharti Airtel has the maximum proportion (97 percent) of its active wireless subscribers as against its total wireless subscribers on the date of peak VLR in the month of July 20," TRAI said.

Against this, the proportion of active users for Reliance Jio was at about 78 per cent and for Vodafone Idea at 89.3 per cent, TRAI data showed. In absolute terms, this pegged active subscriber count for Jio at 313 million users in July, as compared to Airtel's 310 million users, and VIL's 269 million.

In June this year, Airtel had led the tally with 311 million active users, against Jio's 310 million and VIL's 273 million, as per Axis Capital report.

In an earlier report, Axis Capital had attributed Jio's lower active user ratio to multi factors such as data-only subscribers being higher on the network (meaning devices may be closed at the time of collection of data), rural users of JioPhone switching off devices at particular times, and its "conservative churn policy".

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