Airtel tops Jio in August user additions: Trai

Reliance Jio became the first mobile phone operator to cross 400 million subscribers in India in July and added 1.86 million users in August. But its inactive user base of 85.04 million continued to be higher than its rivals Bharti Airtel and Voda...

New Delhi: India’s largest telecom operator Reliance Jio continued to lead with a subscriber base of 402.7 million users in the month of August according to data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

Reliance Jio became the first mobile phone operator to cross 400 million subscribers in India in July and added 1.86 million users in August. But its inactive user base of 85.04 million continued to be higher than its rivals Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea (Vi).

Jio added net 1.86 million users and ended August with 402.7 million users, or 35.08% share, of which 78.86% were active users, according to Trai. Bharti Airtel added 2.90 million wireless subscribers to end the month with 322.8 million users, or 28.12% share, of which 96.85% were active. Vodafone Idea (Vi), however, continued to lose users, giving up 1.23 million subscribers to end August with 300.1 million, or 26.15% share, of which 88.18% were active.


Active user base for all three operators has declined marginally month-on-month.

In absolute terms, Jio had some 87.8 million inactive users, compared with Airtel’s 10.16 million Vi’s 35.47 million. Visitor Location Register (VLR) is a temporary database of subscribers who have roamed into the particular area, which it serves. If a subscriber is in active stage i.e. he is able to send/receive calls/SMSs, he is available in VLR, which is used to track active users.

Total wireless subscribers (2G,3G,4G) increased from 1,144.18 million at the end of July to 1,147.92 million at the end of August, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of 0.33%.
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Overall broadband (wired+wireless) subscriber base increased to 716.19 million from 705.40 million in August. The segment was led by Jio with a 56.40% share, followed by 22.20% for Bharti Airtel and 16.74% for Vi.

Wireline subscribers increased from 19.82 million at the end of July to 19.89 million at the end of August.
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