Reliance Jio emerges as biggest broadband provider in India, BSNL comes second: TRAI

Jio added 0.19 million new Jio Fiber subscribers in November 2021, cumulating a total subscriber base of 4.34 million.

Highlights
  • Jio emerges as the biggest fixed-line broadband provider in India in November 2021.
  • Jio added 0.19 million broadband subscribers, while BSNL recorded a dip of 0.5 million subscribers in November 2021.
  • With 4.37 million broadband subscribers in November 2021, Jio leaves behind BSNL with a subscriber base of 4.2 million.

After two years in the fixed-line broadband segment, Jio has overtaken the state-run BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nagar Limited) as the country’s biggest fixed-line broadband provider. As per TRAI’s (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) recent monthly telecom subscribers report, Jio added 0.19 million new Jio Fiber subscribers in November 2021, cumulating a total subscriber base of 4.34 million. 

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“The company has expanded its on-ground infrastructure, currently present outside 16 million premises,” said the company after the second-quarter results (via ET Telecom).

As per the data shared by TRAI, Bharti Airtel added around 0.1 million broadband subscribers, with a total subscriber count of 4.08 million. Meanwhile, BSNL saw a massive drop of 0.5 million, ending November 2021 with a subscriber base of 4.2 million broadband users. If the current trend continues, Airtel will soon overtake BSNL in the coming months, becoming the second-biggest fixed-line broadband provider in the country.

Jio started its Jio Fiber service back in 2019, and as per the data, BSNL had a subscriber base of 8.69 million, which has been reduced to almost half in 2021. In contrast, Airtel’s fixed-line broadband service has registered about 70 per cent growth, from a total subscribers base of 2.41 million to 4.08 million, since September 2019.

The TRAI report shows that the broadband subscribers in India grew from 798.95 million in October 2021 to 801.6 million in November 2021, with Jio maintaining its lead in the fixed-line broadband segment with the company’s fiber-optic broadband service.

“Top five service providers constituted 98.68 per cent market share of the total broadband subscribers at the end of November,” TRAI said.

As per ICICI Securities, Jio constituted a market share of 17.8 per cent of home broadband subscribers in November 2021. Meanwhile, BSNL and Airtel had 17.2 per cent and 16.7 per cent market share in November 2021.