Vodafone Idea (VI) lost 2.65 million subscribers in October that dropped its wireless user base from 295.49 million in September to 292.83 million in October, according to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). TRAI’s latest telecom subscription report says Bharti Airtel pipped Reliance Jio by adding over 3.67 million new wireless subscribers in the same month.
While Airtel added 1.45 million more subscribers than Reliance Jio which added 2.22 million wireless subscribers in October, Airtel, with 96.74% active subscribers on its network, dominated in terms of the active user base. State-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) lost 10,215 wireless subscribers in October to have a total wireless subscriber base of 118.88 million.
Earlier in September, Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio both added subscribers while Vodafone Idea lost users. Airtel recorded 3.8 million new subscribers which is more than twice Jio’s 1.46 million new subscribers.
While Airtel’s wireless user base grew 1.17% month-on-month to 326.6 million in September against Jio’s growth of 0.36% to 404.1 million. Vodafone Idea (Vi) lost 4.7 million subscribers and ended September with a user base of 295.5 million, TRAI data added.
It is pertinent to note that this is the second consecutive month when Airtel’s user base grew faster than Jio’s.
On the part of active user base, the report shows that Airtel dominated the competition with 96.74% active users on its network. Vi came second with 88.78% and Jio remained at the third position with 78.59% active users. BSNL, on the other hand, had 61.38% active users, according to the TRAI report.
Despite facing a stiff competition from Airtel, Jio was still the largest telecom operator in India with a market share of 35.28% in October. The share was, however, down from 35.19% reported in September.
The TRAI report mentioned that a total of 8.80 million Mobile Number Portability (MNP) requests were received in October, up from 8.71 million in September.
Of the total new requests, 4.76 million requests were received from Zone-I that captures Northern and Western India and 4.03 million came from Zone-II that represents Southern and Eastern India. The highest number of MNP requests till date have been received from Karnataka (about 45.81 million), followed by Andhra Pradesh (about 43.28 million) and Maharashtra (about 42.53 million). The cumulative MNP requests increased from 520.80 million at the end of September to 529.60 million in October, as per the regulator.
TRAI noted in the report that the number of active wireless subscribers in the country in October stood at 960.91 million.