Jio user base continues to grow as Airtel and Vodafone-Idea lose subscribers in May 2020: TRAI

Highlights
  • Combined, Airtel and Vodafone Idea have lost around 94 lakh connections in May
  • BSNL had gained 2.015 lakh new subscribers in the same month
  • Total number of broadband subscribers increased from 67.614 crores by April to 68.377 crores by the end of May

Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel continue to lose subscribers, while Jio and BSNL added new users in May, according to data shared by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. As per the data, Vodafone-Idea Limited and Bharati Airtel have lost 47.263 lakh and 47.428 lakh subscribers in May, respectively. Combined, both the networks have lost around 94 lakh connections during May, more than the number they lost together in the month of April (75 lakh). The Mukesh Ambani-backed Jio, on the other hand, added 36.577 lakh customers. Interestingly, BSNL had gained 2.015 lakh new subscribers in the same month.

Data released by TRAI suggests that total wireless subscribers declined from 114.95 crores at the end of April to 114.39 crores by May-end. Jio’s market share stands at 34.33 percent, Bharti Airtel is in second place with 27.78 percent share, and Vodafone-Idea holds 27.09 percent market share. BNSL settled in the fourth position with a market share of 10.50 percent. Jio has been on the rise ever since it started operations in 2016, while Airtel and Vodafone Idea have been losing their customer base.

Moving to broadband, the total number of subscribers increased from 67.614 crores in April to 68.377 crores by the end of May, a month-on-month growth of 1.13 percent. In the wireless segment, Jio holds 39.275 crore subscribers, Airtel comes in second with 14.355 crore subscribers, and Vodafone-Idea with 11.305 crore subscribers. As for the wired broadband category, BSNL claims the top sport with 24.1 lakh subscribers, Atria Convergence Technologies (ACT) has 16.4 lakh subscribers, and Hathway + Jio account for 9.7 lakh users.

Lastly, the total number of telecom subscribers in India declined by 0.49 percent in the period, from 116.94 crores to 116.36 crores. Rural telecom user base, however, increased from 52.22 crores to 52.58 crores, an increase of 0.68 percent.