Jio leads Airtel in April user additions; Vodafone Idea loses more ground
After two straight months of witnessing growth in its subscriber base, Vodafone Idea showed a decline of 1.8 million users in the month of April, 2021, according to sector regulator’s data.
Reliance Jio continued to maintain its lead with a net addition of 4.8 million wireless users in the month, while rival Bharti Airtel
Bharti Airtel added 0.5 million, according to data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Monday.
In wireless subscribers, Mukesh Ambani-led Jio topped with 427.67 million users, followed by Airtel with 352.91 million and Vi trailing with 281.90 million at the end of April, data showed.
As a result, Jio’s market share in the wireless category rose to 36.15%, while Airtel held 29.83% of the market and Vi closed the month with 23.83% of total wireless subscribers.
But Jio had the largest chunk of inactive subscribers. At 92.5 million, they accounted for 21.63% of its subscriber base. Airtel had the highest ratio of active subscribers, which constituted 98.31% of its total base, while for Vi, the percentage was 89.87%, Trai data showed.
In the fixed wireline segment, Jio was the top gainer, adding 194,800 new connections, whereas Airtel gained 59,305. With this, Jio has narrowed its gap with Airtel in the wireline category, holding 3.5 million subscribers against the latter’s 4.7 million.
“The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 1,201.20 million at the end of March-21 to 1,203.47 million at the end of April-21, thereby showing a monthly growth rate of 0.19%,” Trai said.
In April 2021, 9.67 million subscribers submitted their requests for mobile number portability.
Source: Economic Times