Consequently, it lost wireless market share in September 2022, ending the month with a 21.75% share compared to 22.03% in August. It has divested most of its stake to rivals Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio.
Airtel’s share rose to 31.80% from 31.66%, while Jio’s rose to 36.66% from 36.48%, the latest subscriber data compiled by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India showed.
Subscriber growth slowed compared to previous months, with Airtel and Jio adding 0.41 million and 0.72 million subscribers respectively. The Visitor Location Register, a key indicator of active mobile subscribers, showed that 98.56% of users were active for Airtel, 91.3% for Jio and 85.17% for Vi.
TRAI data also showed that India’s mobile user base declined by 3.66% to 1.145 billion at the end of September compared to the end of August.
The overall wireless TV frequency decreased from 83.27% in August to 82.94% in September.
In September, 11.97 million subscribers submitted Mobile Number Porting (MNP) requests, increasing to 748.11 million at the end of the month.
Wireless subscribers increased to 26.47 million in September, a net increase of 0.5 million compared to 25.97 million at the end of August.