New Delhi: Reliance Jio has added over over 82.6 lakh subscribers in the month of June, Vodafone Idea shed 41.45 lakh subscribers, and Bharti Airtel 29,883 customers, according to data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai). The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 1,183.15 million at the end of May'19 to 1,186.63 million at the end of June'19, thereby showing a monthly growth rate of 0.29%, Trai data showed.
The urban subscription increased from 674.66 million at the end of May'19 to 675.58 million at the end of June'19 and the rural subscription also increased from 508.49 million to 511.05 million during the same period. The monthly growth rates of urban and rural subscription were 0.14% and 0.50% respectively during the month of June'19, the data showed.
Trai data showed that Jio gained 82.68 lakh customers in June, higher than 81.80 lakh additions it had notched in May. State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) continued to gain subscribers in June as well. BSNL, which was the only mobile operator apart from Jio to add customers, gained 2.66 lakh users during June.
Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel have seen their subscriber base erode in the past months. These two operators have been locked in a bruising tariff war following the entry of Reliance Jio, backed by India's richest man Mukesh Ambani.
Jio shook the mobile telephony market with free voice calls and dirt cheap data in 2016, and within three years became the largest telecom player in the market by revenue.
It is now hoping to repeat the feat in fixed line broadband space and has recently announced 'Jio Fiber'. The subscription to Jio Fiber will start at ₹700 a month. This is the base plan that offers 100Mbps data speed. The top-end plan for 'power users' is priced at ₹10,000 that offers unlimited data at speeds of 1Gbps.
As on 30 June 2019, Vodafone Idea had a subscriber market share of 32.9%, Reliance Jio (28.42%), and Bharti Airtel (27.49%).
-With inputs from PTI