In what would set the tone right for the forthcoming JioPhone, Reliance Jio added over six million customers in the month of June, taking the total number of subscribers to 12.3 crore. At the end of June 30, the company’s market share reportedly stood at 10.39 percent, which comes as an improvement over April figures when the operator stood at 9.58 percent. Also Read - Jio Freedom Plans 2021: Jio launches 5 new prepaid plans with no daily data limit - check detailsAlso Read - How to recharge your Jio number via WhatsApp
While Jio showed growth, Bharti Airtel topped with 23.65 percent market share, followed by Vodafone at 17.86 percent and Idea at 16.54 percent. However, Airtel recorded only two million new customers in the same period, far behind Jio, followed by BSNL and Vodafone at nearly one million additions each, NDTV reports. Private operators held 90.92 percent market share of mobile subscribers while BSNL and MTNL held a market share of a meager 9.08 percent. Also Read - 5G JioPhone launch could be around Diwali this year, price to be around Rs 3,500
The report by telecom regulator further notes that the total number of wireless subscribers, including GSM, CDMA and LTE, increased from 1,180.82 million at the end of May 2017 to 1,186.84 million at the end of June 2017, registering a monthly growth rate of 0.51 percent. This could be attributed to the affordable data plans offered by Reliance Jio and later, imitated by incumbent operators. In addition to this, manufacturers are focused on building affordable, feature-rich smartphones to help people make the switch to the digital world. ALSO READ: Reliance Jio now has over 125 million subscribers, adds 7 customers per second every single day: Mukesh Ambani at the 40th AGM
Interestingly, wireless subscription in urban and rural areas also witnessed positive growth. In urban areas, the subscription increased from 676.65 million at the end of May 2017 to 680.66 million at the end of June 2017, suggesting 0.59 percent monthly growth, whereas, in rural areas, the wireless subscription increased from 504.18 million to 506.18 million during the same period, indicating 0.40 percent monthly growth.
As a result of the penetration of wireless subscription in both rural and urban areas, the teledensity or the number of telephone connections for every hundred individuals living within an area also surged. According to the report, wireless teledensity in India increased from 91.74 percent at the end of May to 92.12 percent at the end of June 2017. Out of the total number of wireless subscribers, urban subscribers recorded 57.35 percent share while the rural subscribers stood at 42.65 percent at the end of June 17. ALSO READ: Reliance Jio s 4G feature phone could be a masterstroke, here s why
India’s telecom industry is in a kind of conflict within itself. On one hand, the operators are struggling to keep up with the growing debt, while on the other hand, Reliance Jio’s entry with disruptive data plans is keeping incumbent players awake as customers are increasingly digressing to the ‘free’ model. Adding to the woes, Jio has now announced its JioPhone, which is effectively priced Rs 0. The feature phone is 4G VoLTE-enabled and will go for beta testing starting August 15. It will be available for pre-booking on August 24 and is expected to start shipping sometime in September. RELATED: Reliance JioPhone beta testing to begin on August 15, bookings to open on August 24: Here s everything you need to know