As per the telecom subscription data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), India’s total subscriber base increased from 1,164 million at the end of July 2020 to 1,167.81 million at the end of August 2020, registering a monthly growth rate of 0.33 per cent. Further, subscriptions in urban areas increased from 638.46 million to 642.79 million during the period under consideration. The rural subscription decreased from 525.54 million to 525.01 million during the same period.
The overall teledensity in India increased from 86.03 at the end of July 2020 to 86.23 at the end of August 2020. The urban teledensity increased from 137.47 at the end of July 2020 to 138.17 at the end of August 2020. Meanwhile, the rural teledensity declined from 59.14 to 59.06 during the period.
Moreover, the number of broadband subscribers increased from 705.40 million at the end of July 2020 to 716.19 million at the end of August 2020, witnessing a monthly growth rate of 1.53 per cent.
Among operators, Bharti Airtel registered the maximum increase in wireless subscriber base during August 2020 and added around 2,899,797 subscribers, taking its total subscriber base to 322.8 million. Meanwhile, Vodafone Idea lost 1,228,334 subscribers, and its subscriber base stood at 300.1 million, while Reliance Jio added 1,864,478 subscribers, taking its total subscriber base to 402.6 million. Meanwhile, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) added 214,806 subscribers, taking its total subscriber base to 118.8 million.
Consequently, Reliance Jio’s market share by subscribers reached to 35.08 per cent, followed by Bharti Airtel at 28.12 per cent, and Vodafone Idea at 26.15 per cent, as of August 31, 2020.