Jio subscribers increase, becomes the market leader

Jio subscribers increase, becomes the market leader

images (1)As per the report of TRAI, The subscriber base of Telecom in India grew by 2.32 million which figured to 1,191.40 million in September and the market leader was Reliance Jio which continued to lead in diverting subscribers to their account, as per a report by TRAI with data up to September 30. The report also says, the number of total wireless subscribers grew by 2.40 million which figured to 1,169.29 million. Vodafone-Idea was the biggest loser for the month. By this the monthly growth rate of Jio was 5.44 percent, with a total number of 13.02 million new subscribers. All other major mobile service providers including Airtel and BSNL lost a huge number of their customers.

Following is the detailed report:

I. Total Telephone Subscribers: The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 1,189.08 million at the end of Aug-18 to 1,191.40 million at the end of Sep-18, thereby showing a monthly growth rate of 0.20%. The urban subscription slightly declined from 666.80 million at the end of Aug18 to 666.64 million at the end of Sep18, however the rural subscription increased from 522.29 million to 524.76 million during the same period. The monthly growth rates of urban and rural subscription were -0.02% and 0.47% respectively during the month of Sep-18.

The overall Tele-density in India increased from 91.11 at the end of Aug-18 to 91.20 at the end of Sep-18. The Urban Tele-density declined from 161.07 at the end of Aug-18 to 160.79 at the end of Sep-18, however Rural Tele-density increased from 58.61 at the end of Aug-18 to 58.85 at the end of Sep-18. The share of urban and rural subscribers in total number of telephone subscribers at the end of Sep-18 was 55.95% and 44.05% respectively.

2. Wireless Subscribers: Total wireless subscribers (GSM, CDMA & LTE) increased from 1,166.90 million at the end of Aug-18 to 1,169.29 million at the end of Sep-18, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of 0.21%. The Wireless subscription in urban areas slightly declined from 647.80 million at the end of Aug-18 to 647.70 million at the end of Sep-18, however wireless subscriptions in rural areas increased from 519.10 million to 521.59 million during the month. The monthly growth rates of urban and rural wireless subscription were -0.02% and 0.48% respectively.

The Wireless Tele-density in India increased from 89.41 at the end of Aug-18 to 89.51 at the end of Sep-18. The Urban Wireless Tele-density declined from 156.48 at the end of Aug-18 to 156.23 at the end of Sep-18, however Rural Wireless Tele-density increased from 58.25 to 58.49 during the same period. The share of urban and rural wireless subscribers in total number of wireless subscribers was 55.39% and 44.61% respectively at the end of Sep-18.

As on 30th September, 2018, the private access service providers held 90.03% market share of the wireless subscribers whereas BSNL and MTNL, the two PSU access service providers, had a market share of only 9.97%. The graphical representation of access service provider-wise market share and net additions in wireless subscriber base are given below: Access Service Provider-wise Market Shares in term of Wireless Subscribers as on 30th September, 2018 Net Additions in Wireless Subscribers of Access Service Providers in the Month of September, 2018.

3. Active Wireless Subscribers (VLR Data): Out of the total wireless subscribers (1,169.29 million), 1,013.23 million wireless subscribers were active on the date of peak VLR in the month of Sep-18. The proportion of active wireless subscribers was approximately 86.65% of the total wireless subscriber base.

Bharti Airtel has the maximum proportion (98.05%) of its active wireless subscribers (VLR) as against its total wireless subscribers (HLR) on the date of peak VLR in the month of Sep-18.

4. Growth in Wireless Subscribers: During the month of September, 2018, Rajasthan service area showed maximum monthly growth rate of 3.64% and North-East service area showed maximum monthly decline rate of 1.02% in their wireless subscriber base.

5. Mobile Number Portability (MNP): Intra-service area Mobile number portability (MNP) was implemented first in Haryana service area w.e.f. 25.11.2010 and in the rest of the country w.e.f. 20.01.2011. Inter-Service Area MNP has been implemented in the country w.e.f. 03.07.2015. Now, the wireless telephone subscribers can retain their mobile numbers when they relocate from one service area to another.  During the month of Sep-18, a total of 5.03 million requests were received for MNP. Out of total 5.03 million requests, 2.91 million requests received from Zone-I and 2.12 million requests received from Zone-II. The cumulative MNP requests increased from 395.72 million at the end of Aug-18 to 400.76 million at the end of Sep-18, since the implementation of MNP. In MNP Zone-I (Northern and Western India), the highest number of requests till date have been received in Rajasthan (about 32.65 million) followed by Maharashtra (about 28.26 million) service area. In MNP Zone-II (Southern and Eastern India), the highest number of requests till date have been received in Karnataka (about 38.04 million) followed by Tamilnadu (about 34.05 million).

6. Wireline Subscribers: Wireline subscribers further declined from 22.19 million at the end of Aug-18 to 22.11 million at the end of Sep-18. Net decline in the wireline subscriber base was 0.08 million with a monthly decline rate of 0.34%. The share of urban and rural subscribers in total wireline subscribers were 85.68% and 14.32% respectively at the end of Sep-18. 11  The Overall Wireline Tele-density(%) declined from 1.70 at the end of Aug-18 to 1.69 at the end of Sep-18. Urban and Rural Wireline Teledensity were 4.57 and 0.36 respectively during the same period. BSNL and MTNL, the two PSU access service providers, held 67.51% of the wireline market share.

7. Broadband (≥ 512 Kbps download): As per the reports received from 308 operators, the number of broadband subscribers increased from 463.66 million at the end of Aug-18 to 481.70 million at the end of Sep-18 with a monthly growth rate of 3.89%.

Top five service providers constituted 97.86% market share of the total broadband subscribers at the end of Sep-18. These service providers were Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (252.25 million), Bharti Airtel (99.29 million), Vodafone (51.82 million), Idea Cellular (47.90 million) and BSNL (20.12 million).

As on 30th September, 2018, the top five Wired Broadband Service providers were BSNL (9.15 million), Bharti Airtel (2.24 million), Atria Convergence Technologies (1.36 million), MTNL (0.80 million) and Hathway Cable & Datacom (0.75 million). As on 30th September, 2018, the top five Wireless Broadband Service providers were Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (252.25 million), Bharti Airtel (97.05 million), Vodafone (51.81 million), Idea Cellular (47.89 million) and BSNL (10.97 million).