As per the telecom subscription data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), India’s total subscriber base decreased from 1,180.84 million at the end of February 2020 to 1,177.97 million at the end of March 2020, registering a monthly decline rate of 0.24 per cent. Further, subscriptions in urban areas decreased from 661.23 million to 656.46 million, however the rural subscription increased from 519.62 million to 521.51 million during the same period.

The overall teledensity in India decreased from 87.66 at the end of February 2020 to 87.37 at the end of March 2020. The urban teledensity declined from 143.59 per cent to 142.31 per cent, while the rural teledensity increased from 58.61 per cent to 58.79 per cent during the period.

Moreover, the number of broadband subscribers increased from681.11 million at the end of February 2020 to 687.44 million at the end of March 2020, witnessing a monthly growth rate of 0.93 per cent.

Among operators, Reliance Jio registered the maximum increase in wireless subscriber base during February 2020 and added 4,687,639 subscribers, taking its total subscriber base to 387.52 million. Meanwhile, Vodafone Idea lost 6,353,200 subscribers, and its subscriber base stood at 319.16 million while Bharti Airtel lost1,261,952 subscribers and had a total wireless subscriber base of 327.81 million during March 2020. Further, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) added 95,073 subscribers, taking its total subscriber base to 119.78 million.