NEW DELHI :
Reliance Jio is now the number one telecom operator in the country in terms of both subscriber base as well as revenue market share, achieving the feat after a little over three years of commencing operations in September 2016.
The Mukesh Ambani-led telecom company added 5.6 million mobile subscribers in November, taking its total to 369.93 million subscribers users, and replacing Vodafone Idea as the country’s largest mobile services provider, data released by the telecom regulator for the month of November showed.
With this, Jio holds a 32.04% share in the over 1.15 billion user Indian mobile services market. It had a 30.79% market share at the end of October.
To be sure, Jio had become the number one in terms of revenue market share last year itself when it grabbed 31.7% share of the adjusted gross revenue (AGR) that the industry recorded in the April-June period.
Bharti Airtel too increased its market share in November, adding 1.65 million mobile users in the month to end with 327.30 million users that gave it a 28.35% market share.
Despite this, India’s mobile user base fell by a whopping 28.81 million in November as the rise in subscriber base at Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel failed to compensate for the loss at rival Vodafone Idea. This is the biggest decline since April 2018 when it had fallen by 58 million.
Vodafone lost 36.41 million users in the second last month of 2019, ending with a 29.12% market share or 336.25 million subscribers.
State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd too increased its market share to 10.19% from 9.92% at the end of October, adding 341,722 users to end November with a subscriber base of 117.68 million users.