Mukesh Ambani Reliance Jio overthrew the state-owned BSNL to become the country’s largest fixed line operator.
With an existing subscriber base of 7.35 million, three-year-old Jio has overtaken 22-year-old BSNL (7.13 million) to become India’s first private service provider to take the top spot in the wireline segment. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) released its report yesterday (October 18).
Growth of individual players in the Indian fixed line segment
The Indian telecom sector has witnessed the overall growth of private players over state-owned firms BSNL and MTNL. Jio’s entry in 2016.
However, the story was different in the landline segment. For now, that is.
Barring Reliance Jio, almost all private players gained fixed subscribers in August. BSNL and MTNL, on the other hand, lost 15,734 and 13,395 subscribers respectively, TRAI noted.
In terms of telephone subscriber base, the network witnessed a slight increase from 1,173.66 million at the end of July to 1,175.08 million in August.