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    Reliance Jio adds 8.4 million users in August; Airtel, Voda Idea lose: Trai

    Synopsis

    Bharti Airtel lost more than 5 lakh subscribers, which dragged its overall subscriber base to 327 million. Vodafone Idea lost over 4.9 million subscribers, pulling down its total subscriber base to 375 million in August.

    ET Bureau
    NEW DELHI: Mukesh Ambani-driven Reliance Jio continued its growth journey in August by adding the highest number of subscribers during the month, while other major telecom operators, Airtel and Vodafone Idea saw their subscriber base erode.

    Jio added over 8.4 million subscribers in the month of August thereby witnessing the highest monthly growth rate of 2.49% in comparison to other operators, according to Trai’s August report. Jio’s total subscriber base now stands at 348 million.

    Bharti Airtel lost more than 5 lakh subscribers, which dragged its overall subscriber base to 327 million.

    Vodafone Idea lost over 4.9 million subscribers, pulling down its total subscriber base to 375 million in August.

    Bharti Airtel has the maximum proportion - 93.36% - of its active wireless subscribers (VLR) as against its total wireless subscribers at August end. Vodafone Idea's active user base was at 82.23% while Jio's was at 83.11%.

    State-run BSNL also lost over 2 lakh users in August, taking its total base to 11.62 crore. Total number of wireless subscribers stood at 117.1 crore after registering a monthly growth rate of 0.23%, Trai data showed.

    “Wireless subscription in urban areas increased from 659.87 million at the end of Jul-19 to 662.74 million at the end of Aug-19, however wireless subscription in rural areas declined from 508.45 million at the end of Jul-19 to 508.25 million at the end of Aug-19,” the report stated.

    The wireless tele-density in India increased from 88.64 at the end of Jul-19 to 88.77 at the end of August 19.
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    6 Comments on this Story

    Mohan Raman408 days ago
    One Nation, one Party, one religion, one language, one company, one Grave yard.
    Sanjay Chowdhury408 days ago
    Now users became important instead of ARPU.
    Utsav 408 days ago
    Jio after introduction of 6p/min charge will lose customers
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