Airtel adds more than 10 lakh more subscribers than Jio in August: TRAI

Airtel added more subscribers than Jio in August 2020, the latest report from the Indian Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRAI) suggests. Airtel added 28.99 lakh subscribers, while Jio fell significantly behind with 18.64 lakh subscribers. Vi (Vodafone Idea) continued to drop subscribers, with a drop of 12.28 lakh in August. Reliance Jio had the largest share of the mobile communications market with a market share of 35.08 percent and Airtel with a market share of 28.12 percent came second.

TRAIs latest report For the month ending August 31, the total number of cellular subscribers increased from 114,418 crores at the end of July to 114,792 crores at the end of August, resulting in a monthly growth rate of 0.33 percent. The number of Reliance Jio subscribers decreased significantly in August compared to July, falling from 35.54 lakhs to 18.64 lakhs.

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Vodafone Idea lost many subscribers in August
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Compared to its July performance, Airtel also saw a decrease in subscriber growth from 32.60 lakhs to 28.99 lakhs in August. However, it is significantly more than Jio’s August performance. To be precise, Airtel added 10.35 lakh more subscribers than Jio this month.

Vi (Vodafone Idea) lost approximately 12.28 lakh subscribers, much less than the 37.26 lakh subscribers who lost in July. BSNL made a modest profit of 2.14 lakh subscribers in August. Airtel posted a monthly growth rate of 0.91 percent for cellular customers, while Jio lagged behind with a growth rate of 0.47 percent. According to TRAI, the Kolkata and Himachal Pradesh regions recorded a maximum growth in their cellular customer base of 1.13 percent in August.

In terms of broadband, the TRAI report shows BSNL had 78.5 lakh subscribers at the end of August. Bharti Airtel finished second with 25.3 lakh subscribers, Atria Convergence with 17 lakh subscribers and Jio with 12.5 lakh subscribers. In the wireless broadband category, Jio was at the top with 40,267 crore subscribers, Airtel with 15,465 crore subscribers, Vi (Vodafone Idea) with 11,991 crore subscribers and BSNL with 159 lakh subscribers.


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