India’s telecom subscriber base rises to 1166 million in March, with Airtel leading the way. technology news

New Delhi: Telecom regulator TRAI in its monthly report on Thursday said that the total subscriber base by Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio increased to over 116.69 crore in March 2022.

Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio added new customers in the mobile telephony as well as fixed line services segment in March.

“The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 1,166.05 million at the end of February 2022 to 1,166.93 million at the end of March 2022,” said TRAI’s customer report for March.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) report said that between March and February, urban telephone subscriptions declined from 64.77 crores to 64.71 crores and rural subscriptions increased from 51.82 crores to 51.98 crores.

According to the report, the total number of wireless subscribers increased to 1142 million in March, from 114.15 million in February.

Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio were the only beneficiaries of new mobile customers in March. Airtel’s net mobile subscriber engagement stood at 22.55 lakh in March while Jio’s net addition stood at 12.6 lakh.

Vodafone Idea was the biggest loser of mobile customers during the reported month. The company lost over 28.18 lakh customers.

State-owned BSNL and MTNL lost 1.27 lakh and 3,101 mobile connections respectively.

Private telecom operators accelerated the growth in the wireline (fixed line) segment. The number of wireline subscribers increased to 2.48 million in March, from 2.45 million in February.

Reliance Jio continued its growth in the wireline segment with a net subscriber engagement of 2.87 lakhs. Bharti Airtel added 83,700 new customers, Quadrant 19,683, Vodafone Idea 14,066 and Tata Teleservices 1,054.

BSNL and MTNL lost 67,634 and 15,576 subscribers respectively in this segment. Total broadband subscribers also increased to 78.83 million in March from 78.33 million in February.

The top five service providers accounted for 98.48 per cent market share of the total broadband subscribers in March.

“These service providers were Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (40.92 crore), Bharti Airtel (21.52 crore), Vodafone Idea (12.24 crore), BSNL (2.71 crore) and Atria Convergence (20 lakh), the TRAI report said.

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