As per the telecom subscription data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), India’s total subscriber base increased from 1,160.52 million at the end of June 2020 to 1,164 million at the end of July 2020, registering a monthly growth rate of 0.30 per cent. Further, subscriptions in urban areas increased from 636.83 million to 638.46 million during the period under consideration. The rural subscription increased from 523.69 million to 525.54 million during the same period.
The overall teledensity in India increased from to 85.85 at the end of June 2020 to 86.03 at the end of July 2020. The urban teledensity increased from 137.35 at the end of June 2020 to 137.47 at the end of July 2020. Meanwhile, the rural teledensity increased from 58.96 to 59.14 during the period.
Moreover, the number of broadband subscribers increased from 698.23 million at the end of June 2020 to 705.40 million at the end of July 2020, witnessing a monthly growth rate of 1.03 per cent.
Among operators, Reliance Jio registered the maximum increase in wireless subscriber base during July 2020 and added around 3.55 million subscribers, taking its total subscriber base to 400.8 million. Meanwhile, Vodafone Idea lost 3.72 million subscribers, and its subscriber base stood at 301.37 million, while Bharti Airtel added 3.26 million subscribers and had a total wireless subscriber base of 319.9 million during July 2020. Meanwhile, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) added 388,313 subscribers, taking its total subscriber base to 118.6 million.
Consequently, Reliance Jio’s market share by subscribers reached to 35.03 per cent, followed by Bharti Airtel at 27.96 per cent, and Vodafone Idea at 26.34 per cent, as of July 31, 2020.