Airtel tops Jio in wireless additions, Vi’s loss narrows
Airtel tops Jio in wireless additions, Vi’s loss narrows – By adding more wireless customers to its network than rival Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd in August, Bharti Airtel Ltd enhances as the economy continued to reopen, with some activities nearing pre-covid levels. However, Vodafone Idea lost 1.2 million subscribers, shedding customers for the tenth straight month, but less than the previous months hit by the covid-led disruptions.
While Airtel added 2.9 million customers in August, Jio signed up 1.9 million subscribers, consistent with Telecom regulatory agency of India (Trai) data released on Tuesday.
While Jio’s user base grew by 0.47% in August, Airtel gained 0.91% market share of wireless subscribers, with 35.08%, Jio remains the most important telecom player by market share followed by Airtel at 28.12% and Vodafone Idea at 26.15%, the Trai data showed.
From 1.14 billion in July, registering a monthly growth of 0.3%, the total wireless subscribers increased to 1.15 billion in August f Wireless subscription in urban areas increased from 620.7 million at the top of July to 624.9 million in August, while it fell in rural areas from 523.5 million to 522.9 million, indicating reverse migration of workers.
According to a top official at Airtel, the telco is yet to ascertain the full influx of migrant workers to urban cities like New Delhi and Mumbai. Migrant workers had returned to native places thanks to lack of source of income after the nationwide lockdown was imposed in March to contain the spread of coronavirus has seen maximum amount because it wont to be, but 40-50% people have come. There are still tons of individuals in rural areas hesitant to return back yet,” the official said.
Wireline subscribers rose by 66,771 to 19.9 million at the top of August. “The share of urban and rural subscribers in total wireline subscribers were 89.83% and 10.17%, respectively, at the top of August,” Trai said, state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) continues to be the leader at 39.84% followed by Airtel at 21.86%. State-owned Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) holds 15.34% market share.
Reliance Jio, which has announced cheaper tariff plans to draw in more customers to its broadband service JioFibre, added the very best number of wireline users, 160,794, in August with 8.92% market share.
Both Jio and Airtel have unrolled cheaper broadband plans amid the Centre’s push to enhance wireline connectivity as covid-led remote working has significantly increased data consumption and dependency on the network, resulting in slower internet speeds.
BSNL lost the foremost number of wireline customers at 97,855 and MTNL recorded a loss of 31,937 wireline customers in August.
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