Airtel and Vodafone lost over 9 million subscribers

The entry of JIO made over 9 million subscribers from airtel and vodafone to walk away. The popularity gained by JIO in these days is imposing threat to other telecom industries.

Mobile operators Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea lost 5.26 million and 4.51 million subscribers respectively. In April, while Reliance Jio added 1.57 million users during the same period, according to latest Trai data.

“Total wireless subscribers (2G, 3G & 4G) decreased from 1,157.75 million at the end of March 20 to 1,149.52 million at the end of April 20. Thereby registering a monthly decline rate of 0.71 per cent,” Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said in a statement.

The number of telephone subscribers in India decreased from 1,177.97 million at the end of March to 1,169.44 million at the end of April, down 0.72%. Urban telephone subscription fell from 656.46 million at the end of March to 647.19 million at the end of April. However, rural subscription increased from 521.51 million to 522.24 million during the same period.

In April, the Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI), which represents private telcos, requested various states to issue “requisite instructions in the state/UT to enable ‘mobile recharging retailers’ to open their outlets for offering telecom services to the public”, and also issue passes for movement of select staff who operate the outlets.

Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea had extended the validity for prepaid mobile accounts of low-income customers till 3 May. After Trai scrutinized the selective validity extensions. The value of such benefits is more than ₹600 crore, according to COAI estimates.


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