Reliance Jio Adds Over 1 Crore Customers In October Even As Airtel, Vodafone Idea Shed Users
Only two operators, Reliance Jio and state-run BSNL, gained new subscribers in October.
Only two operators, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. and state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd., added new subscribers in October, leading to a marginal growth in overall telecom user base to 119.2 crore, according to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.
Reliance Jio and BSNL jointly added over 1.08 crore new mobile phone customers, while rest of the operators -- Vodafone Idea Ltd., Bharti Airtel Ltd., Tata Teleservices Ltd., Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. and Reliance Communications Ltd. -- lost more than 1.01 crore customers.
Reliance Jio alone added over 1 crore users, while BSNL added 3.66 lakh customers.
"Virtual Network Operator of BSNL has started reporting of its subscribers in the month of October and the same has been included in the subscriber number of BSNL," the report said.
The number of telephone subscribers in the country increased to 119.2 crore in October from 119.14 crore in September, according to subscriber data released by TRAI. Mobile telephony dominates Indian telecom market with 98 percent market share.