Airtel once more pips Jio in cell buyer addition in October, nation’s telecom base rises to 1.17 billion


NEW DELHI : India’s telecom subscriber base grew to over 1.17 billion in October with Bharti Airtel sustaining its management in cell subscriber addition that accounts for over 98 per cent of whole connections within the nation, based on the month-to-month report launched by sector regulator Trai on Wednesday.

That is the second consecutive month when Airtel added highest variety of subscribers. In September, it had regained the management place in subscriber addition after a spot of 4 years.

The Sunil Bharti Mittal-led firm added 3.67 million new prospects in October, taking its whole wi-fi buyer base to 330.28 million in October 2020, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (Trai) report mentioned.

Airtel was adopted by Reliance Jio, which added 2.22 million new cell prospects, taking its whole subscriber base to 406.35 million in the course of the reported month.

The opposite 4 cell service suppliers — Vodafone Concept Ltd (VIL), BSNL, MTNL and Reliance Communications — reported lack of subscriber base.

VIL misplaced the utmost cell prospects in the course of the month. The corporate misplaced 2.65 million subscribers, with its wi-fi subscriber base dipping to 292.83 million in October.

BSNL misplaced 10,208 prospects, MTNL 7,307 prospects and Reliance Communications misplaced 1,488 cell prospects.

The general telecom subscriber base within the nation, nonetheless, elevated to 1,171.8 million in October from 1,168.66 million in September 2020.

“Complete wi-fi subscribers elevated from 1,148.58 million on the finish of September 2020 to 1,151.81 million on the finish of October 2020,” the report mentioned.

The wireline subscriber base declined in October to 19.99 million from 20.08 million in September. The section had recorded marginal development in September.

In wireline section, Reliance Jio added essentially the most subscribers at 2,45,912. It was adopted by Bharti Airtel which added 48,397 mounted line connections, VIL with 9,400 subscriber addition and Quadrant which added 5,198 prospects.

State-run BSNL was the most important loser of wireline prospects in October. The corporate misplaced 1,76,408 prospects. Reliance Communication, which goes by insolvency proceedings, misplaced 1,60,470 prospects, Tata Teleservices misplaced 34,311 subscribers and MTNL misplaced 24,807 prospects.

Broadband subscriber base within the nation grew 1.17 per cent to 734.82 million, with the wi-fi section contributing near 97 per cent of the entire connection.

Cellular based mostly broadband subscriber base grew 1.15 per cent to 712.67 million in October as in comparison with 704.57 million in September.

The highest 5 service suppliers constituted 98.85 per cent market share of the entire broadband subscribers on the finish of October 2020.

These service suppliers have been Reliance Jio with 408.06 million broadband prospects, Bharti Airtel with 170.23 million subscribers, VIL with a base of 120.5 million, BSNL with 25.87 million prospects and Atria Convergence with 1.74 million connections.

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