The number of telecom customer base is increased by about half a percent to 119.45 crore in March this year by Reliance Jio and continued increase in fixed land line connections. The new entrant Reliance Jio contributed to this by adding over 5.83 million mobile customers to drive growth in mobile telephony segment.
According to TRAI’s monthly subscriber report “In India the number of telephone subscribers is increased from 1,188.55 million at February end to 1,194.58 million at March end 2017, thus showing a monthly growth rate of 0.51 percent,”.
The development was driven by a wireless segment which developed by about half a percent to 1,170.18 million including 5.98 million net mobile subscribers. The Fixed line connections in the country registered successive development, driven by state-run telecom firm BSNL, after a long stretch.
The TRAI report also said “Wireline subscribers increased from 24.35 million in February 2017 to 24.40 million in March 2017”. The fixed line is estimated to have seen a continuous decline after 2003, as per experts. On January 1, 2007, there were 40.3 million wireline connections in the country.
Reliance Jio, became the fourth largest telecom operator in the country, which continuously driving growth in mobile telephony segment with the net addition of over 5.83 million mobile customers. Its closest competitor Bharti Airtel’s net subscriber addition was more than 2.99 million customers in the announced month. Idea’s net addition was more than 2.09 million customers which were nearly followed by BSNL by including 2.07 million new customers. Vodafone added around 1.83 million new customers in March. MTNL added only 286 new customers.
The growth in wireless segment was alleviated by six mobile operators by losing over 8 million customers. This includes Reliance Communications which lost over 2.77 million customers, Quadrant ( Videocon’s subsidiary- announced the closure of mobile services now) lost 2.24 million customers, Tata Teleservices lost about 2.23 million, Telenor (now sold its business to Airtel) lost 1.13 million, Sistema 339,648 and Aircel 153,746 customers. Sistema and Aircel are in process of amalgamating business with RCom. In wireline space, BSNL added more than 44,000 new clients. It was trailed by Tata Teleservices, Airtel and Vodafone in terms of new customer addition.
The reports also state that “The top 5 service providers represented 87.48 % market share of the overall broadband subscribers in March 2017. The service providers included in this are Reliance Jio Infocom Ltd (108.68 million), Airtel (49.13 million), Vodafone (37.72 million), Idea Cellular (24.70 million) and BSNL (21.67 million),”
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Himani Sharma, From ITvoir News Desk