As per the latest data release by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), Bharti Airtel gained 714,199 users to close with 356.5 million subscribers in January 2022. The latest telecom subscription data also showed that Airtel was the only telco which was able to add subscribers to its list. Meanwhile, Reliance Jio lost 9.3 million users to end the month with 406.4 million subscribers while Vodafone Idea lost another 389,082 users to close at 265.1 million.

India’s wireless subscribers declined from 1,154.62 million at end of December 2021 to 1,145.24 million at end of January 2022, down 0.81 per cent.

In addition, wireless subscriptions in urban areas decreased from 633.34 million at the end of December 2021 to 627.12 million at the end of January 2022. Also, the wireless subscriptions in rural areas witnessed marginal decline from 521.28 million to 518.13 million during the same period.

With respect to the market share, the private access service providers held 89.76 per cent market share of the wireless subscribers whereas telecom PSUs Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) together held a market share of only 10.24 per cent.