According to figures supplied by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), Reliance Jio added wireless subscribers to its network for the third consecutive month, continuing its winning streak. During the month, Jio added 3.04 Mn wireless members. With the addition of only 76,328 new wireless subscribers in April, Bharti Airtel had a dismal month. However, in May, the company attracted nearly 1.4 million subscribers. However, Jio continued to outperform the nation’s second-largest telecom provider. In the meantime, there was a significant subscriber turnover at BSNL, MTNL, and Vodafone Idea (Vi). Vi lost more than 2.8 million customers in May, continuing its recent losing trend.
BSNL and MTNL lost 1.5 million and 2,388 users, respectively, in the same period. The two government-owned telecom companies served less than 10% of Indian cellular users in May 2023.
Jio, Airtel Maintaining 2023 Winning Streak
With a 38.17% market share in the Indian wireless market, Jio comfortably topped the race in terms of market share. With a market share of 20.20%, Vi was far behind Airtel in third place, which had 32.57% of the wireless market.
Overall, there were 73,811 more wireless customers in May compared to the previous month, when there were 7.96 lahks fewer wireless subscribers. The overall teledensity of the nation was 84.40%, a minor decrease brought on by a drop in urban teledensity from 133.64% in April to 133.34%. At the end of May, there were 856.81 million broadband subscribers in India, up 5.87 million from the 850.94 million customers who were counted at the end of April.
When considering the overall number of broadband customers, Jio’s domination is more obvious because, as of May 30, 2023, the Akash Ambani-led telecom firm held nearly 52% of the market share or 445.23 Mn subscribers. Mobile Number Portability (MNP) requests totaled 11.47 million in April.
Jio and Airtel are squabbling over who will rule the telecom industry, and it appears that the conflict has spread to the satellite communications sector as well.
The Akash Ambani-led telco requested a spectrum auction in its filings to TRAI, while Bharti Airtel-backed OneWeb requested an administrative allocation. With the recent $2.2 billion loan from the Swedish Export Credit Agency for its 5G expansion, which is expected to give it an advantage over Airtel and Vi, Jio has received a significant boost.
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Their plans often include unlimited calling, data rollover, streaming benefits, and access to a variety of entertainment platforms. With a focus on providing quality network coverage and value-added services, VI continues to evolve its plans to meet the dynamic demands of modern communication while offering competitive pricing and convenient choices for its users across the country.