Vodafone Idea register eighth consecutive decline in monthly subscribers, Reliance Jio’s count swells

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Telecom giant Vodafone Idea Ltd has continued its downfall by losing a staggering 4.8 million mobile subscribers in the month of June. Whereas, it’s competitor Bharti Airtel Ltd has managed to narrow its trend of losing customers in the country. Airtel has reduced the loss in mobile subscribers up to 1.1 million as compared to the last two months, the time when the country’s economic activity came to a standstill due to the stringent lockdown guidelines across the country. The only telecom company which gained mobile subscribers in June was Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd adding 4.5 million customers.

Telecom Regulatory Authority Of India (TRAI) said on Thursday that Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd has a market share in wireless industry of about 34.8% in total. Whereas, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea subscribers tally stood around 27.8% and 26.8% respectively.

While the state-operated Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) also lost 1.7 million mobile subscribers in the month of June.

The country’s overall tally of mobile subscribers’ including all the current operating bands (2G, 3G, 4G) reduced by 3.2 million in the month of June, marking a total of about 1.14 billion users. Whereas, the subscribers’ base of fixed-line services swelled marginally about 40,000 taking the total number of users to 19.8 million contracts to the government’s efforts to enhance the broadband connectivity across the country.

Fixed-line subscribers of Vodafone Idea, Bharti Airtel, and Reliance Jio increased by 6,854; 25256 and 2.2 lakh respectively. Whereas, BSNL powered fixed-line service users declined by 1.8 lakh in the month of June.

Analyzing the users based on the area recorded that total users residing in urban areas decreased to 636.8 million in the reporting month from 637.9 million in the month of May. When the migrant workers moved to the rural areas in the initial months of the lockdown the rural users increased comparatively in these months but in June, rural mobile telecom users reduced to 523.7 million from 525.8 million in the month of May.

Migration of workers to their native places and deactivation of those holding multiple sim cards is the prime reason for the loss in subscribers in millions, the analysts reckon. Due to the lockdown, the scarcity of physical recharge outlets raised the number in losses of subscribers.

BSNL continues to lead the number of subscribers in the category of fixed-line services by recording about 8 million users in June. BSNL is followed by Airtel which stands at 2.5 million, Atria Convergence Technologies at 1.7 million, and Reliance Jio 1.1 million.

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