Jio adds about 45 lakh subscribers in June as rivals VIL, Bharti Airtel lose about 60 lakh users; broadband users up 2%

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India's overall wireless subscriber base shrunk by 0.28% to 114 crore at the end of June 2020, recording declines in both urban and rural areas

Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio’s subscriber base increased by about 45 lakh while its rivals Vodafone Idea (VIL) and Bharti Airtel lost about 48.2 lakh and 11.28 lakh users, respectively, in June, according to the data released by telecom regulator TRAI on Thursday.

State-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) also lost 17.44 lakh subscribers during that period.

With the addition of 44.99 lakh users, Jio’s total subscriber base jumped to 39.7 crore while Bharti Airtel’s user base stood at 31.6 crore and VIL’s at 30.5 crore in June 30 this year, said the monthly subscription data of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's (TRAI).

Accordingly, India’s youngest telco Jio continues to be the market leader with 34.82 percent subscriber base followed by Bharti Airtel (27.76 percent), VIL (26.75 percent) and BSNL (10.37 percent).

India's overall wireless subscriber base shrunk by 0.28 percent to 114 crore at the end of June 2020, recording declines in both urban and rural areas, said the TRAI data.

Monthly decline rates of urban and rural mobile subscription were 0.18 percent and 0.40 percent, respectively, data showed.

The share of urban and rural mobile subscribers in total wireless user base was pegged at 54.3 percent and 45.7 percent, respectively till June.

A positive sign during the COVID-19 time for the telcos is that the total number of broadband subscribers in the country increased to 69.9 crore in June from 68.3 crore at the end of May this year clocking a growth rate of nearly two percent, said TRAI.

Top five service providers -- Jio, Airtel, VIL, BSNL and MTNL -- constituted 98.93 percent market share of the total broadband subscribers at the end of June, the telecom regulator said.

Most of the service areas showed decline except Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal, Jammu & Kashmir, Gujarat UP(E), Maharashtra and North East in their wireless subscribers during the month of June-20.

However, Kerala service area showed maximum growth of 0.80 percent in its wireless subscriber base during the month.

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