Reliance Jio gets more wireless subscribers, Airtel records best rate of VLR in October: TRAI

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According to TRAI, Reliance Jio recorded the highest monthly growth rate and net addition of wireless subscribers in October, with total wireless subscribers increasing and recording a monthly growth rate of 0.02 per cent. Bharti Airtel had the largest proportion of active wireless subscribers (sister VLR subscribers) in October. This was followed by Vi (Vodafone Idea) and Jio. PSUs such as BSNL and MTNL have the lowest percentage of VLR subscribers, respectively.

Of the total 1,166.30 million wireless subscribers, 996.47 million were active on the peak VLR in October, according to TRAI’s Telecom subscription report for October. The proportion of these subscribers was 85.44 percent of the total number of wireless subscribers. The total number of wireless subscribers increased from 1,166.02 million at the end of September to 1,166.30 million at the end of October, recording a monthly growth rate of 0.02 per cent.

Coincidentally, wireless subscriptions in urban areas dropped from 637.89 million to 637.44 million and in rural areas from 528.13 million to 528.86 million in a month. Monthly growth rates for urban and rural wireless subscriptions – 0.07 percent and 0.14 percent, respectively.

When it comes to access service provider-wise segmentation, Geo commanded 36.58 percent of the total wireless subscriber market, adding the most (1,761,137) subscribers in October. The company has 84.03 percent of its active wireless subscribers. Airtel is the second largest telco with a 30.35% market share in terms of wireless subscribers. The company lost 489,709 wireless subscribers in October. However, it recorded the largest 97.78 percent of active wireless subscribers.

Third place went to Vi, which captured 23.04 per cent of the total market share, lost the most (964,245) subscribers and registered 87.10 per cent of its active wireless subscribers. BSNL (9.73% market share) and MTNL (0.28% market share) lost wireless subscribers in October and recorded losses. In summary, wireless subscribers Geo reported 0.41 per cent growth, Airtel 0.14 per cent and Vodafone Idea 0.36 per cent in October.

At the end of October 2021, the top five service providers had a market share of 98.69% of the total broadband (wire + wireless) subscribers. The service providers are Geo (430.75 million), Airtel (208.71 million), Vi (122.47 million), BSNL (24.57 million), and ACT (1.97 million). BSNL topped the list of wired broadband service providers with 4.72 million subscribers, followed by Geo (4.16 million), Airtel (3.98 million), ACT (1.97 million) and Hathaway (1.07 million).


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