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Bharti Airtel added 10.27 million subscribers, while BSNL and Vodafone-Idea lost 7.59 million wireless connections and 5.36 million subscribers.
India’s largest telecom operator Reliance Jio consolidated its market leadership as it gained more than 31 million mobile subscribers in May, according to Trai data released on Tuesday.
Sunil Mittal-led Bharti Airtel added 10.27 million subscribers in May, taking the number of mobile phone users to 36.21 million.
Reliance Jio has acquired 31.11 lakh wireless users, taking its mobile customer base to 40.87 million, according to monthly subscriber data from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
Debt-laden Vodafone Idea lost 7.59 lakh wireless subscribers and its subscriber base fell to 25.84 million in the same period.
In April, Jio added 16.8 million wireless customers, while Bharti Airtel’s month-on-month gain was 8.16 million. Idea water lost about 15.7 million customers during April.
In May, the number of telephone subscribers in India remained almost flat at 117 billion compared to 116.7 billion at the end of April 2022.
“Urban telephone subscriptions increased from 646.99 million at end-Apr-22 to 647.81 million at end-May-22 and rural subscriptions also increased from 520.82 million to 522.92 million during the same period,” TRAI said.
The monthly growth rates of urban and rural telephone subscriptions were 0.13 percent and 0.4 percent during the month of May 2022, respectively.
On the wireless side, the subscriber base posted a modest month-over-month increase of 0.25 percent to 114.5 million at the end of May.
“Wireless subscriptions in urban areas increased from 623.78 million at the end of Apr-22 to 624.55 million at the end of May-22 and wireless subscriptions in rural areas also increased from 518.88 million to 520.96 million during the same period ,” the company said.
As of 31 May 2022, private operators had 89.9% market share in the wireless space, while state-owned telecom operators BSNL and MTNL had only about 10% market share.
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) lost 5.36 lakh wireless subscribers in May, while customer loss for Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) was 2,665.
Bharti Airtel had 35.4 million active users (or 97.9 percent of its total user base), while Reliance Jio’s active subscribers were 38.3 million (93.7 percent of its total wireless base).
The total number of broadband subscribers rose to 79.4 million at the end of May 2022 from 78.8 million in April. This translated into a monthly growth rate of 0.75 percent.
“The top five service providers accounted for 98.48 percent of the market share of total broadband subscribers at the end of May 2022. These service providers were Reliance Jio Infocomm (414.67 million), Bharti Airtel (217.09 million), Vodafone Idea (123.24 million), BSNL (25.52 million)…,”