By losing around 3.46 million mobile subscribers at the end of February 2020 alone, Vodafone Idea has dropped to a new low. Once India’s biggest telecom operator is now behind the Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel in the 3rd position.

This allows, Airtel to regain its second position with a total subscriber base of over 329 million. Whereas, the market leader (based on the total number of subscribers) is now Reliance Jio with over 382.8 million, who is continuing to keep its momentum of bringing in more and more subscribers to its network.

According to the latest Telecom Subscription Data as on 29th February 2020 by TRAI, Jio added more than 6.25 million subscribers to its network. State-run telco BSNL was also able to expand itself even without a 4G network and added than 4.39 lakh new subscribers in the month. While Airtel added 9.22 lakh new subscribers to its network.

On the losing side, Vodafone Idea lost over 3.46 million subscribers from its network with its total subscribers going down to 325.2 million. On the same period, RCom and MTNL also lost a few subscribers from its network.

Stats on Telecom Subscribers (February 2020)

  • The number of telephone subscribers in India increased to 1,180.84 million.
  • The total wireless subscriber which also includes 2G, 3G and 4G LTE subscribers in the country increased to 1,160.59 million.
  • Private telecom operators hold 89.39 per cent market share in the Indian telecom sector. Whereas the PSU telecom operators BSNL (which also owns MTNL) hold just 10.61 per cent market share.
  • Reliance Jio added the maximum number of subscribers to its network, followed by Airtel and BSNL.
  • On the losing side, we have Vodafone Idea, MTNL and Reliance Communications (RCom).
Stats on Telecom subscribers at the end of February 2020 - TRAI
  • Reliance Jio retained the top position in India telecom sector with 32.99 per cent market share. Followed by Airtel with 28.35 per cent market share and Vodafone Idea with 28.05 per cent market share.
  • Wireline subscriber base declined to 20.26 million in February 2020. BSNL along with MTNL topped the wireline segment with 58.88 per cent market share. While Airtel is expanding its reach with 21.43 per cent market share.
  • There was 6.18 million Mobile number portability (MNP) requests at the end of February 2020.
  • Karnataka topped the chart in people porting out of their networks or MNP. While Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu followed it closely.

Stats on Indian Broadband (February 2020)

  • The number of broadband subscribers, which include both mobile and wired subscribers increased to 681.11 million at the end of February 2020.
  • Reliance Jio tops the chart in the data market in the country with 383.67 million subscribers. Airtel takes the second spot with 146.10 million data subscribers.
Stats on Indian data subscribers at the end of February 2020 - TRAI
  • In wired broadband connections, BSNL tops with 8.11 million subscribers. On the second spot, we have Airtel Broadband with 2.45 million subscribers. Hathway Cable and Datacom and its parent company Reliance Jio (Jio Fiber) were able to reach 0.94 million and 0.84 million subscribers respectively.
  • Again, in the Wireless broadband service providers ranking list (based on the number of subscribers) Reliance Jio tops the chart, followed by Airtel and Vodafone India.

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