Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio strengthened its leadership in India’s telecom market, gaining 2.94 million mobile subscribers in July, data released on September 15 by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) showed. The company added 420,000 new subscribers in June.
Meanwhile, Sunil Mittal-led Bharti Airtel added 0.5 million subscribers in July. Meanwhile, Vodafone Idea lost 1.54 million subscribers in July. Meanwhile, state-run BSNL and MTNL lost 1,327,999 and 3,038 wireless customers respectively.
As of July 31, Jio had the largest user base in the country with 415.96 million, followed by Airtel with 363.4 million and Vodafone with 255.1 million. The total number of telephone subscribers in India increased by 0.7 million in July to 1.17 billion as of July 31, data showed. In June, the number of new subscribers increased by 2.22 million.
The number of subscribers in urban areas increased from 649.09 million at the end of June to 650.40 million at the end of July. Trai data showed a rare drop in rural subscriptions. The data showed that the number of subscribers in India’s vast rural area fell to 523.26 million, down from 523.87 million in the same period. It lost 0.6 million subscribers.