As per the telecom subscription data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), India’s total subscriber base decreased from 1,177.97 million at the end of March 2020 to 1,169.44 million at the end of April 2020, registering a monthly decline rate of 0.72 per cent. Further, subscriptions in urban areas decreased from 656.46 million to 647.19 million, however the rural subscription increased from 521.51 million to 522.24 million during the same period.
The overall teledensity in India decreased from 87.37 at the end of March 2020 to 86.66 at the end of April 2020. The urban teledensity declined 142.31 per cent to 140.06 per cent, while the rural teledensity increased from 58.79 per cent to 58.85 per cent during the period.
Moreover, the number of broadband subscribers decreased from 687.44 million at the end of March 2020 to 676.14 million at the end of April 2020, witnessing a monthly decline rate of 1.64 per cent.
Among operators, Reliance Jio registered the maximum increase in wireless subscriber base during April 2020 and added 1,575,333 subscribers, taking its total subscriber base to 389.09 million. Meanwhile, Vodafone Idea lost 4,516,866 subscribers, and its subscriber base stood at 314.65 million while Bharti Airtel lost 5,269,882 subscribers and had a total wireless subscriber base of 322.54 million during April 2020. Further, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) lost 20,053 subscribers, taking its total subscriber base to 119.76 million.