Jio adds 9.4 million customers in March, Airtel, Vodafone-Idea lose

NEW DELHI: Reliance Jio has added 9.4 million customers while India’s teledensity has declined 1.82% to 90.11%, from 91.86% in March 2019 with active wireless subscribers reaching 1,021.75 million, the sector regulator in a finding Tuesday said.

A Reliance employee demonstrates Jio LYF phone at their headquarters on the outskirts of Mumbai, India, June 1, 2016. Picture taken June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques – RTX2NPO0

Jio has added 9.4 million users in March to take its user base to 307.7 million, while VodafoneIdeaand Bharti Airtel lost 14.5 million and 15.1 million customers, respectively, to take their subscriber bases to 394.8 million and 325.2 million during the same period, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said. 

Bharti Airtel had 27.99% subscriber market share, Vodafone Idea 33.98% and Jio had 26.40% market share as of March 2019. 
Vodafone Idea’s active use base, or VLR, was 93.27% of its overall subscribers, while Reliance Jio was at 84.04%. The finding revealed that Bharti Airtel has the maximum proportion – of 100.82% – of active wireless subscribers in the month of March 2019.

In the broadband segment, Vodafone Idea had 19.57%, Bharti Airtel 20.35% and Reliance Jio had 54.45% market share as of March this year.

“The overall teledensity in India declined from 91.86% at the end of February 2019 to 90.11% at the end of March 2019,” Trai said, adding that the number of active wireless subscribers were 1,021.75 million in March.

The number of telephone subscribers in India, according to telecom watchdog has declined from 1,205.40 million in February 2019 to 1,183.51 million at the end of March 2019, demonstrating a monthly decline rate of 1.82%.

The urban subscribers have declined from 161.65% in February to 159.96% to arrive at 669.16 million in March this year while the rural teledensity from 59.27% to 57.47% to hit 514.35 million during the same period. 

The monthly decline rates of urban and rural subscription stood at 0.90% and 2.98% respectively in March 2019, according to Trai.

The regulator added that in March, 5.30 million subscribers submitted their requests for Mobile Number Portability (MNP), and the cumulative porting requests have increased from 423.11 million in February to 428.40 million at the end of March 2019.


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