Airtel Added 2.3 Million More Mobile Subscribers Than Jio in September 2020: TRAI

In September, Airtel reigned supreme with more than 3.77 million subscriber additions, followed by Reliance Jio that managed to add 1.46 million subscribers in comparison.

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Airtel Added 2.3 Million More Mobile Subscribers Than Jio in September 2020: TRAI

TRAI says Airtel saw a monthly growth rate of 1.17 percent

Highlights
  • Airtel had over 326.6 million wireless subscribers by September end
  • Reliance Jio saw a monthly growth rate of 0.036 percent
  • In September, Vodafone Idea lost over 4.65 million subscribers

Airtel added over 2.3 million more wireless subscribers than Reliance Jio in the month of September, according to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's (TRAI) September 2020 subscription data report. Airtel reigned supreme with more than 3.77 million subscriber additions in the month, followed by Reliance Jio which managed to add 1.46 million new subscribers in comparison, TRAI said. At the end of September, Jio had 35.19 percent market share whereas Airtel stood second with 28.44 percent market share.

Airtel increased its wireless subscribers from 322.8 million in the month of August to 326.6 million in the month of September, according to TRAI's Subscription Data report for the month of September. This resulted in an addition of 3.77 million subscribers in one month — the largest by any telco in that span. Jio, on the other hand, went up from 402.6 million wireless subscribers in August to 404.1 million subscribers in September. This is an addition of 1.46 million subscribers, much lesser than Airtel. Even in the month of August, Airtel had added over 1 million more subscribers than Jio.

BSNL also continued its rise in subscriber additions with 78,454 added in the month of September. The figure is much lower than BSNL's August additions of 0.21 million users. BSNL had a market share of 10.36 percent at the end of September. Vodafone Idea had the third largest market share of 25.73 percent by the end of September. But it has been seeing a reduction in wireless subscriber base over the last few months. In September, Vodafone Idea lost over 4.65 million subscribers.

Vodafone Idea saw a monthly growth decline of 1.55 percent, whereas Airtel grew 1.17 percent month-on-month. Reliance Jio grew 0.03 percent whereas BSNL grew 0.07 percent in the month of September. TRAI says that the total wireless subscriber base increased from 1,147.92 million at the end of August to 1,148.58 million at the end of September, thereby registering a growth rate of 0.06 percent.


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Tasneem Akolawala Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. More
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