Reliance Jio, that launched its services a little over a year back, has got more 4G subscribers than that of all three big telcos – Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular – put together, latest TRAI data revealed. As per the data available Reliance Jio has 177.13 million 4G subscribers at the end of February 2018.
In comparison, Bharti Airtel, country’s largest operator and the first 4G service provider in India, has 78.07 million 4G customers. Vodafone, the second largest operator in India, has 55.54 million 4G customers whereas Idea Cellular, the third largest operator, has got 38.52 million 4G customers. In total, the three incumbent operators have 172.13 million 4G customers as against Jio’s 177.13 million 4G customers by end of February 2018, TRAI data showed.
This data is of all the wireless 4G or broadband users of the respective service providers. Among the operators, only Bharti Airtel has some significant presence in wireline broadband user base in India – of 2.17 million. Even if we include that in Airtel’s account, the total number of 4G broadband users will reach 174.30 million which is still less than Jio’s total 4G customer base.
PSU telco BSNL has 11.71 million wireless broadband users and a total of 21 million broadband users that includes the firm’s wireline users as well.
In terms of market share, Jio enjoys the highest of it, at 45.18% whereas Bharti Airtel has a market share of 20.47%. Vodafone, Idea Cellular and BSNL have market shares of 14.17%, 9.82% and 5.36% respectively, as per the TRAI data.
As far as wired or fixed broadband customer base is concerned, BSNL is the largest operator in that segment. It has 9.30 million wired broadband customers followed by Airtel with 2.17 million, Atria Convergence or ACT with 1.30 million, MTNL with 0.88 million and Hathway with 0.75 million wired broadband users.
In terms of total broadband user base, India has 392.06 million customers in February 2018 as against 378.10 million a month back, showing a growth of 3.69%. This growth was primarily driven by addition of 3G and 4G customers as wired broadband user base saw a decline during the month.