Airtel added 2.3 million more subscribers than Jio in September: TRAI

According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) subscription data report from September 2020, Airtel added more than 2.3 million more cellular customers than Reliance Jio in September. Airtel led the way with more than 3.77 million new additions per month, followed by Reliance Jio which, by comparison, gained 1.46 million new subscribers, TRAI said. At the end of September, Jio had a market share of 35.19 percent, while Airtel was in second place with a market share of 28.44 percent.

According to TRAI, Airtel increased its mobile phone customers from 322.8 million in August to 326.6 million in September Subscription data report for the month of September. This resulted in an increase of 3.77 million subscribers in one month – the largest of any telecommunications company in that period. Jio, on the other hand, rose from 402.6 million mobile subscribers in August to 404.1 million subscribers in September. This is an increase of 1.46 million subscribers, much less than at Airtel. Even as of August, Airtel had more than 1 million subscribers as Jio.

BSNL continued its growth in subscription to 78,454 in September. The number is much lower than the 0.21 million users added by BSNL in August. BSNL had a market share of 10.36 percent at the end of September. Vodafone Idea had the third largest market share at the end of September with 25.73 percent. However, the number of wireless subscribers has decreased in recent months. In September, Vodafone Idea lost over 4.65 million subscribers.

Vodafone Idea recorded a monthly growth decline of 1.55 percent, while Airtel grew by 1.17 percent compared to the previous month. Reliance Jio grew 0.03 percent while BSNL grew 0.07 percent in September. According to TRAI, the total number of mobile phone customers rose from 1,147.92 million at the end of August to 1,148.58 million at the end of September, a growth rate of 0.06 percent.

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