As per the telecom subscription data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), India’s total subscriber base slightly increased from 1,172.44 million at the end of December 2019 to 1,177.02 million at the end of January 2020, registering a monthly growth rate of 0.39 per cent. Further, subscriptions in urban areas increased from 662.45 million to 662.75 million, while rural subscriptions increased from 509.99 million to 514.27 million during the same period.
The overall teledensity in India increased from 88.56 at the end of December 2019 to 87.45 at the end of January 2020. The urban teledensity declined from 156.26 per cent to 144.16 per cent, while the rural teledensity increased from 56.67 per cent to 58.03 per cent during the period.
Moreover, the number of broadband subscribers increased from 661.94 million at the end of December 2019 to 673.39 million at the end of January 2020, witnessing a monthly growth rate of 1.73 per cent.
Among operators, Reliance Jio registered the maximum increase in wireless subscriber base during January 2020 and added 6,555,417 subscribers, taking its total subscriber base to 376.57 million. Meanwhile, Vodafone Idea lost 3,623,664 subscribers, and its subscriber base stood at 328.98 million while Bharti Airtel added 854,262 subscribers and had a total wireless subscriber base of 328.15 million during January 2020. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) also added 1,220,345 subscribesrs, taking its total subscriber base to 119.24 million.