“Private telecoms lead the Indian telecom market with an overall share of 89.73 percent, while government operators stand at 10.27 percent”
According to TRAI data, Jio had added a whopping eight million subscribers in the month of April 2019. The Mukesh Ambani-led telecom operator’s market share as of April is at 27.08 percent, which is slightly behind Airtel’s 27.69 percent share. However, Jio claimed that its subscriber base crossed 300 million, while Airtel owns 284 million users’ as of Q1 FY19, which is confusing since Jio is clearly ahead. Airtel also lost 3.3 million subscribers during April. On the other hand, Vodafone Idea lost 1.5 million users during the same period.
Furthermore, BSNL added 2.3 lakh new customers during the same time period. With over 300 million user base, Jio became the quickest telecom operator in the world to achieve such a feat. It is possible Jio will further grow its customer base and might even surpass Vodafone Idea in the coming days. Moreover, RCom, MTNL and Tata Teleservices lost 108, 4170 and 2.9 million subscribers respectively. Though it is believed that Airtel could add more users, thanks to its Tata Teleservices merger, but that isn’t the case given how Tata subscribers are moving to other networks. Private telecoms lead the Indian telecom market with an overall share of 89.73 percent, while government operators stand at 10.27 percent.
The total number of telecom subscribers in India now stands at 1,183.77 million, which is a slight growth from 1,183.51 million. The wireless subscribers’ number has increased to 1,162.30 million at the end of April 2019. Apart from Jio, BSNL is the other network to add new subscribers every month, including April where it added 232,487 new users. This is no mean feat for BSNL given how networks are losing to Jio. Notably, the introduction of minimum recharge scheme made Airtel and Vodafone Idea users shift to BSNL and Jio.