Indian telecom regulator TRAI has released the latest statistics showing the number of broadband customers and mobile phone customers in October 2018.
The number of broadband subscribers – wired and wireless — in India increased from 481.70 million in September 2018 to 496.12 million in October 2018 with a monthly growth rate of 2.99 percent.
Top five wired and wireless broadband service providers are Reliance Jio Infocomm with 262.75 million, Bharti Airtel with 101.39 million, Vodafone Idea with 101.33 million, BSNL with 20.30 million and Tata Tele Group with 2.51 million customers.
Top five wired broadband service providers are BSNL with 9.15 million, Bharti Airtel with 2.25 million, Atria Convergence Technologies with 1.37 million, MTNL with 0.79 million and Hathway Cable & Datacom with 0.75 million subscribers.
The top five wireless broadband service providers are Reliance Jio Infocomm with 262.75 million, Vodafone Idea with 101.32 million, Bharti Airtel with 99.14 million, BSNL with 11.15 million and Tata Teleservices with 1.99 million subscribers.
Mobile phone customers
India has 1,170.02 million mobile phone customers in October 2018 against 1,169.29 million in September 2018, registering a monthly growth rate of 0.06 percent.
The wireless subscription in urban areas increased 0.08 percent from 647.70 million to 648.24 million. Mobile phone subscriptions in rural areas increased 0.03 percent from 521.59 million to 521.77 million during the month.
Vodafone Idea has 427.60 million mobile subscribers in October 2018 as compared with 341.65 million for Airtel, 262.75 million for Reliance Jio and 113.41 million for BSNL. BSNL’s mobile connections include 22,935 connections reported by its Virtual Network Operator (VNO) customer.
Reliance Jio added 105,00,227 customers, while BSNL added 386,926 subscribers in October 2108.
Airtel lost 18,64,065 customers, while Vodafone Idea lost 73,61,165 customers as part of their strategy in removing in-active subscribers on their 2G and 3G networks across the country.
Airtel has 99.57 percent active mobile customers on its 2G, 3G and 4G networks in India.
Vodafone has 94.47 percent active mobile phone customers. Idea Cellular has 92.52 percent active customers on its mobile network.
Reliance jio has 82.26 percent active mobile phone customers on its all-India 4G network in India.
BSNL has 56.52 percent active mobile phone subscribers on its 2G and 3G network in India excluding Mumbai and Delhi.