Subscriber additions by the top three telecom operators – Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular – fell by 37% in April on a month-on-month basis, latest data by industry body COAI showed. The top three operators added around 4.29 million subscribers last month against 6.93 million during March 2017. Airtel led the industry table with 2.85 million additions followed by Vodafone (0.76 million) and Idea at 0.68 million subscribers during April.
As of April, Bharti remained the country’s largest telecom operator with a base of 276.50 million subscribers followed by Vodafone at 209.82 million and Idea at 196.05 million subscribers.
Bharti had a subscriber market share of 29.59% followed by Vodafone at 22.45% and Idea at 20.98% as of April.
COAI did not provide subscriber numbers for the new entrant Reliance Jio for April. It said that as per Trai’s March 2017 data, Jio has 108.68 million subscribers. As per Trai, Jio has a subscriber-based market share of 9.29%.
However, the fall was much steeper at 50% for April on a month-on-month basis in case the total subscriber additions for the industry were taken into account. The industry added 2.80 million subscribers in April against 5.68 million in March 2017. In January and February, total subscriber additions by the industry stood at 5.15 million and 2.27 million, respectively.