Telecom operator Reliance Jio dominated the telecom sector in July by adding over 10 times more subscribers than total new customers added by rest of the players, according to data released by Trai on Tuesday. Also Read - Jio 5G service: Reliance Jio, Intel partner to develop 5G network for India
The total telecom subscriber base in July grew by less than 1 percent to 117.93 crores with a net addition of over 1 crore customers after taking in loss of around 24 lakh customers jointly by Tata Teleservices, Reliance Communications and MTNL. Also Read - Reliance Jio introduces chatbot to answer questions regarding its 5G phone, laptop and more
The mobile customer base increased to 115.7 crores in July from 114.64 crores in June. Reliance Jio led the growth in mobile segment by adding over 1.17 crore customers while the rest of the players could add altogether 11.53 lakh customers. Also Read - Airtel 5G service rollout: Airtel and Tata Group partner for Made in India 5G network
Vodafone, which was operated as an independent entity in July, could add over 6 lakh customers. It was followed by Bharti Airtel which added 3.13 lakh customers, state-run BSNL 2.25 lakh and Idea Cellular could add only 5,489 customers in the reported month.
Tata Teleservices was the biggest loser in July as it lost 23.57 lakh customers, followed by RCom and MTNL which lost 31,814 and 9,914 customers, respectively.
The fixed line segment connections declined to 2.22 crore in July from 2.24 core in June, according to the monthly subscribers’ report published by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
The number of broadband subscribers increased to 46 crores in July from 44.7 crores in June. Mobile broadband connections alone contributed 44.1 crore customers to the total kitty.
“Top five service providers constituted 97.75 percent market share of the total broadband subscribers at the end of July 2018. These service providers were Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (22.7 crores), Bharti Airtel (9.53 crore), Vodafone (6.37 crore), Idea Cellular (4.35 crore ) and BSNL (2 crores),” the report said.
The overall tele-density in India increased to 90.44 in July from 89.72 in June.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.