InvestorQ : What has been the subscriber base growth been like for the telecom companies in India like Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea?
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What has been the subscriber base growth been like for the telecom companies in India like Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea?

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NISHA Nayak answered.
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For the month of October, for which the telecom subscriber data is last available, India’s telecom subscriber base grew to 117 crore. Like in the month of September, even for the month of October, it was Bharti Airtel of the Sunil Mittal Group that maintained its clear leadership in mobile subscriber addition. This was revealed in the monthly TRAI report.

Interestingly, this is the second consecutive month in which Bharti Airtel added the highest number of subscribers beating Reliance Jio to the top slot. It may be recollected that in the month of September 2020, Bharti had regained its leadership position in subscriber addition for the first time after a gap of over four years since Jio was first launched in India.

For the month of October 2020, Bharti Airtel added 36.7 lakhs new customers, in the process, taking its total wireless customer base to 330.28 million, retaining its position as the second largest telecom player in absolute numbers. Jio still leads with 406.35 million subscriber base, although its wireless customer additions were only 22.2 lakhs in Oct-20.

The pain for Vodafone Idea continued like the last few months as service quality and investment in hardware are now becoming a reason for Vodafone Idea losing customers. Vodafone Idea also ended up losing the maximum number of mobile customers in Oct-20 losing 26.5 lakh subscribers. As of Oct-20, Vodafone Idea’s subscriber base is at 292.8 million subscribers.

Apart from Vodafone Idea; BSNL, MTNL and RCOM also reported loss of subscriber base in Oct-20. At a much smaller level; BSNL lost 10,208 customers, MTNL 7307 customers and RCOM lost 1488 mobile customers for the month. However, India’s overall telecom subscriber base has continued to expand at 117.2 crore.

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