Telecom Userbase Grows to 1.17 Billion as Jio Leads New Addition

The telecom subscriber base in the country rose slightly to 117.29 crore in June, with Reliance Jio adding a peak number of new customers, according to data released by industry regulator Trai on Wednesday.

There were 117.07 crore subscribers in May 2022.

“The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 1,170.73 million at the end of May 2022 to 1,172.96 million at the end of June 2022, thus showing a monthly growth rate of 0.19%,” Trai said in the report.

The wireless subscriber base grew to 114.73 crore in June from 114.55 crore in May.

Reliance Jio’s wireless subscriber base grew to 41.3 crore with a net addition of 42.23 lakh customers. It was followed by Bharti Airtel whose subscriber base grew to 36.29 crore with a net addition of 7.93 lakh customers.

Vodafone Idea continued to lose subscribers. Its subscriber base dropped from 18 lakh to 25.66 crore.

State-run BSNL and MTNL also lost 13.27 lakh and 3,038 wireless customers respectively.

The wireline (fixed line) subscriber base increased from 2.52 crore in June to 2.55 crore in June, with private players fueling the growth.

Reliance Jio led the ranking adding 2.4 lakh new landline customers. It was followed by Vodafone Idea which added 84,760 new customers, Bharti Airtel 59,289 and Quadrant added 7,378 new customers.

BSNL was the biggest loser in the segment. The public telecommunications company lost 32,038 fixed line customers. MTNL lost 16,548 customers and Tata Teleservices 8,248 customers.

The broadband subscriber base in the country topped 80 crore with mobile connections accounting for 77.11 crore subscribers.

“The top five service providers accounted for 98.47% market share of total broadband subscribers at the end of June 2022. These service providers were Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (41.91 crore), Bharti Airtel ( 21.94 crore), Vodafone Idea (12.29 crore), BSNL (2.5 crore) and Atria Convergence (21.1 lakh),” the report said.

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