Jio Fiber adds most wired broadband subscribers in September: TRAI

India’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRAI) latest Telecom Subscription Report for September 2020 highlights the top five providers of wired and wireless broadband services. As in previous months, BSNL led the wired broadband services market with 7.80 million subscribers, and Reliance Jio led the wireless segment with around 404.13 million users. The wireless segment particularly includes 4G SIM cards and mobile hotspot dongles. In terms of market share, Reliance Jio captured 55.85 percent of the wired and wireless broadband market while Bharti Airtel was second with a market share of 22.86 percent. JioFiber broadband service gained over 3 lakh new customers in September 2020 according to the latest data.

According to the last report As of September 30, the Indian Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRAI) made BSNL the five largest providers of wired broadband services in the country with 7.80 million subscribers, followed by Bharti Airtel with 2.60 million and Atria Convergence Technologies (ACT) with 1, 73 million. Reliance Jio came next at 1.52 million, followed by Hathway Cable at 1.05 million. For wireless broadband providers, Jio as of September 30th was 404.13 million. Bharti Airtel was 163.41 million, followed by Vodafone Idea with 119.84 million, BSNL with 17.03 million and Tikona with 0.31 million.

Compared to the Last monthAs of August 31, BSNL with 7.85 million, Bharti Airtel with 2.53 million, ACT with 1.70 million, Reliance Jio with 1.25 million and Hathway with 1.03 million were the five largest providers of wired broadband services. This shows a decrease of around 50,000 for BSNL, an increase of 70,000 for Airtel and an increase of 270,000 for Reliance Jio and Jio Fiber respectively. For wireless broadband service providers, Reliance Jio was 402.67 million, Bharti Airtel was 156.45 million, Vodafone Idea was 119.91 million, BSNL was 15.90 million and Tikona was 0.31 million.

The report shows that wired broadband customers grew by 3.13 percent to 21.12 million in September compared to August. Mobile device users, including phone and dongle users, rose 1.36 percent to 704.57 million. Fixed wireless subscribers such as Wi-Fi, Wi-Max, point-to-point radio, and VSAT rose 0.04 percent to 640,000. The total number of broadband customers increased from 716.19 million in August to 726.32 million in September.

In terms of landline or landline connections (including non-broadband connections), Reliance Jio has added over 3 lakh new customers. This number was significantly higher than any other service provider in the country, followed by Bharti Airtel with over 66,000 new users. On the other hand, MTNL and BSNL subscribers lost over 19,000 and over 1.82 lakh respectively. Interestingly, BSNL held the largest market share with 38.55 percent. Reliance Jio captured 10.35 percent of the market, while Bharti Airtel was ahead with 21.99 percent. It should be noted that Reliance Jio’s landline numbers consist of Jio fiber optic broadband connections, as Jio does not only provide landline connections. Also, not all ISPs offer dongles, and WiFi connection numbers include 4G, dongles, and hotpots.

Meanwhile, Bharat Fiber, BSNL’s Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) service, crossed the one million subscriber mark. Bharat Fiber aka Bharat Fiber was launched in India early last year.


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