Airtel, Reliance Jio continue to add users at Vodafone Idea’s expense
Bharti Airtel added the highest number of active mobile users among India’s top telcos in July 2023, after a seven-month gap, on the back of strong paying-customer gains in the metros, as per latest subscriber data collated by Trai.
The pace of Reliance Jio’s active user gains was slower, but it retained market leadership on the active users share score. Cash-strapped Vi’s active user base continued to shrink as it lost paying customers in most circles.
Analysts, though, say the pace of Airtel’s active user gains might not sustain as Jio could stage a comeback soon, riding on a likely rise in demand for its low-cost internet-enabled feature phone, JioBharat, from August.