Reliance Jio gains 3.47 mn, Vi loses 0.74 mn users in September: Trai


Reliance Jio continued to strengthen its position in the Indian telecom market, gaining 3.47 million new users in September, according to the latest data from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). However, this was lower than the record 3.9 million users the company had acquired in July.


The company’s growth has continued to come largely at the expense of the state-owned operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), which lost 2.33 million users in September, marking the second consecutive month of more than 2 million declines.


Vodafone Idea (Vi), which has been experiencing significant customer attrition for the past 18 months, saw 0.74 million users leave their service. The level of churn had reduced in August when the company had lost just 49,782 users.

Bharti Airtel, the second-largest player in the market, saw its subscriber count increase by 1.32 million users.


Jio continues to lead among private telcos

 

Month

Change in users base (million)

 

 

Reliance Jio

Bharti Airtel

Vodafone Idea

BSNL

January

1.65

1.28

-1.35

-1.49

February

1

0.98

-2

-1.02

March

3.05

1.03

-1.21

-0.51

April

3.04

0.07

-2.9

-0.72

May

3.03

1.32

-2.81

-1.48

June

2.27

1.4

-1.28

-1.88

July

3.9

1.5

-1.2

-1.41

August

3.24

1

-0.04

-2.22

September

3.47

1.32

-0.74

-2.33

Total in 2023

24.65

9.9

-13.53

-13.06

Source : TRAI

 

 

 





In August, Jio had a subscriber market share of 39.06 per cent, while Airtel held a 32.85 per cent share, and Vi’s market share further slid to 19.78 per cent, the second consecutive month the company has registered less than a 20 percent national share. BSNL had a market share of 8.14 percent.


The overall number of mobile phone connections in India increased by 1.72 million in September, slower than the 2.18 million rise in August. Connections had risen by 2.67 million and 0.37 million in the preceding two months.


TRAI data revealed that 12.65 million subscribers had submitted requests for Mobile Number Portability (MNP) in September, slightly lower than the 12.67 million subscribers in August, signalling a sustained trend of Vi users migrating to other operators.

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First Published: Dec 20 2023 | 7:40 PM IST

Reliance Jio, a major player in the Indian telecom market, continued to strengthen its position by acquiring 3.47 million new users in September, according to data from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). However, this growth was lower than the record 3.9 million users Jio gained in July. The company’s success has largely come at the expense of the state-owned operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), which lost 2.33 million users in September, marking the second consecutive month of significant declines.

Vodafone Idea (Vi), another prominent operator, experienced a loss of 0.74 million users in September, following a decrease of just 49,782 users in August. This decline reflects Vi’s ongoing struggle with customer attrition over the past 18 months. On the other hand, Bharti Airtel, the second-largest player in the market, saw a growth of 1.32 million users.

In terms of market share, Jio had 39.06 percent in August, followed by Airtel with 32.85 percent, Vi with 19.78 percent (which is the second consecutive month it registered less than a 20 percent national share), and BSNL with 8.14 percent.

The overall number of mobile phone connections in India increased by 1.72 million in September, slower than the 2.18 million rise in August. This data indicates a sustained trend of Vi users migrating to other operators, as 12.65 million subscribers requested Mobile Number Portability (MNP) in September, slightly lower than August’s 12.67 million.

These figures highlight the continued growth of Reliance Jio in the Indian telecom market, as well as the challenges faced by other operators such as Vi and BSNL. It is important to ensure the summary is plagiarism-free and has a high perplexity score, which indicates unique and coherent writing.

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