Airtel’s total subscribers grew to 34 crores. In January 2021, the number of subscribers of Jio has registered a decline of 35 percent. At the same time, the number of subscribers of Airtel has increased from 26.62 percent to 29 percent.
Airtel is performing well in terms of adding new wireless subscribers. The number of new subscribers of Airtel has been increasing rapidly for some time now. According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) data, Airtel added 300 per cent more subscribers than Jio in January 2021. According to TRAI’s monthly data, about 5.89 million or 58.9 lakh subscribers have been increased in the month of Airtel. Meanwhile, Jio has added 19.5 lakh new subscribers. However, Jio is still at the top of the list of most wireless subscribers.
In January 2021, the total number of subscribers of Jio has gone up to Rs 41 crores. The total number of subscribers of Airtel was 34 crores. In January 2021, the number of subscribers of Jio has registered a decline of 35 percent. At the same time, the number of subscribers of Airtel has increased from 26.62 percent to 29 percent.
In addition to Airtel and Jio, Vodafone Idea (Vi) managed to add over 1.71 million wireless subscribers in January. The operator had a total base of over 285.96 million wireless subscribers, as per the TRAI data. BSNL also added 81,659 wireless subscribers during the month of January that helped it reach a total wireless subscriber base of 118.69 million. Vi’s market share declined to 24.58 percent in January from 24.64 percent in December. BSNL also saw a slight dip in its market share to 10.21 percent from 10.29 percent in the previous month.
The TRAI data also highlighted that the total wireless subscriber base in the country increased to 1,163.41 million in January from 1,153.77 million in December, registering a monthly growth rate of 0.84 percent. Wireless subscription in urban areas increased to 634.97 million in January from 629.67 million in December, while in rural areas the base of wireless telecom subscribers increased to 528.44 million from 524.11 million.
Similar to the growth in total wireless subscriber base, wireless teledensity in the country also increased to 85.53 percent at the end of January from 84.90 in December.
The data released by TRAI also shows that telecom operators received a total of 7.63 million requests for mobile number portability (MNP) in January. The highest number of MNP requests were received from Karnataka at 47 million. It was followed by Maharashtra where 44.94 million MNP requests were raised by subscribers.
According to TRAI data, the total number of wireless subscribers in the country has increased to 11.63 crores in January from 11.53 crores in December 2020. Thus, an increase of 0.84 per cent has been registered in January. The number of wireless subscribers in urban areas has increased to 634.97 million from 629.67 million in December. In the same rural areas, the number of wireless subscribers has increased from 524.11 million to 528.11 million.
In terms of broadband service providers, Jio maintained its lead at 412.98 million subscribers (including both fixed and wireless broadband, which include 4G SIM cards) in January, followed by Airtel at 184.64 million, Vi at 122.72 million, BSNL at 26.67 million, and ACT Fibernet at 1.80 million. The TRAI data specified that the top five service providers constituted 98.84 percent market share at the end of January.