As per the telecom subscription data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), India’s total subscribers increased from 1,201.20 million at the end of March 2021 to 1,203.47 million at the end of April 2021, thereby showing a monthly growth rate of 0.19 per cent.
Further, subscription in urban areas increased from 663.77 million to 664.34 million during the period under consideration. The rural subscription increased from 537.42 million to 539.14 million.
The overall tele-density increased from 88.17 per cent at the end of March 2021 to 88.27 per cent at the end of April 2021. The urban tele-density decreased from 141.03 per cent at the end of March 2021 to 140.93 per cent at the end of April 2021, however, rural tele-density increased from 60.27 per cent to 60.44 per cent during the same period
Moreover, the number of broadband subscribers increased from 778.09 million at the end of March 2021 to 782.86 million at the end of April 2021 with a monthly growth rate of 0.61 per cent.
Among operators, Reliance Jio registered the maximum increase in wireless subscriber base during April 2021 and added 4,756,340 subscribers, taking its total subscriber base to 427.67 million. Meanwhile, Bharti Airtel gained 517,237 subscribers, and its subscriber base stood at 352.91 million, while Vodafone Idea lost 181,062 subscribers, taking its total subscriber base to 281.9 million. Meanwhile, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) lost 1,304,999 subscribers, taking its total subscriber base to 117.22 million.
Consequently, Reliance Jio’s market share by subscribers reached to 36.15 per cent, followed by Bharti Airtel at 29.83 per cent, and Vodafone Idea at 23.83 per cent, as of April 30, 2021.