- Reliance Jio added over 4.4 Million new wireless subscribers in June
- Vodafone Idea lost over 4.8 million, BSNL lost 1.7 million wireless subscribers
- Airtel has the highest VLR percentage score of over 98%
The telecom battle for acquiring subscribers continued during the 4th month of lockdown where Jio maintained its momentum of subscriber additions and Vi continued to bleed out subscribers. The industry consolidation has entered its final leg with the market pecking order nearly finalised with Jio leading followed by Airtel and Vi at second and third spot whereas state-owned BSNL finishing last.
As of 30th June 2020 Reliance Jio is leading with 34.82% market share which translates to 397.19 million subscribers, Bharti Airtel is at second position with 27.76% market share (316.66 million subscribers), whereas Vodafone Idea comes third with 26.75% market share (305.13 million subscribers). BSNL commands 10.37% (118.29 million) while MTNL commands just 0.29% market share (3.30 million).
Net Subscriber Gain/Loss in June:
Jio was the only private operator who managed to add new wireless subscribers in June with 4.4 million net additions. Vodafone Idea lost a whopping 4.8 million subscribers. BSNL lost over 1.7 million subscribers, meanwhile Bharti Airtel lost over 1.1 million. MTNL lost over 3.8 thousand subscribers in June.
Active subscriber base, VLR data:
Visitor location register (VLR) is an indicator of what percentage of the total subscriber base is comprised of active users. Bharti Airtel leads the race in VLR numbers with over 98% of its user base being active, it is followed by Vodafone Idea with over 89%, Reliance Jio has 78% whereas BSNL lags behind with only 53% of its total user base being active.
BSNL continues to lead with 41.27% share of the wireline subscriber market, even though it lost over 1.7 lakh subscribers in June 2020. Bharti Airtel commands 21.57% share as it added over 25 thousand subscribers. MTNL follows with 15.58% share, though it lost over 4 thousand subscribers. Reliance Jio holds 7.35% share as it added over 2.2 lakh new subscribers. Vodafone Idea holds only 2.31% share though it added over 6.8 thousand subscribers in June 2020.
Broadband is considered when the speed offered is higher than 512 Kbps irrespective of it being a wired or wireless connection. As on 30th June 2020, the top five Wired Broadband Service providers by subscriber base were BSNL (7.90 million), Bharti Airtel (2.47 million), Atria Convergence Technologies (1.68 million), Reliance Jio Infocom Ltd (1.06 million) and Hathway Cable & Datacom (0.99 million). The top five Wireless Broadband Service providers were Reliance Jio Infocom Ltd (397.25 million), Bharti Airtel (148.84 million), Vodafone Idea (116.44 million), BSNL (15.10 million) and MTNL (0.16 million).