Mobile subscriber additions : July 2018

Reliance Jio Infocomm added a record number of 11.78 million mobile subscribers for the month of July, easily outpacing its rivals by a distance, and in the process, cornering nearly half of the country’s growing broadband market.

With the latest additions, Reliance Jio touched 227 million subscribers at the end of July, surpassing Vodafone India and Idea Cellular individually with 223 million and 220 million respectively, at the end of the month. Bharti Airtel ended the month with nearly 345 million mobile subscribers, adding 313,283 users in July, to Vodafone Idea’s 609,074 and Idea’s 5,489.

The data captured the market figures for July, a month before the merger of the British telecom giant Vodafone’s India operations with the Aditya Birla group company Idea Cellular. The combined entity now holds the largest market share in terms of subscribers as well as revenue.

The data shows that Jio held a subscriber market share of 19.62% of the 1.16 billion wireless market, racing ahead of both Vodafone as well as Idea’s 19.30% and 19.07% independent figures respectively. However, it is still behind Bharti Airtel’s 29.81% share.

Some 99.4% of Airtel’s subscribers were active, while it was 91.3% for Idea, 92.8% for Vodafone India and 82.5% for Jio.

In terms of broadband subscribers, Jio held a 49.33% of the total wireline as well as the wireless market, followed by Bharti’s 20.7%. Vodafone held a 13.86% share of the market and Idea a 9.46% share.

In terms of urban and rural subscribers, the overall tele-density in the country increased from 89.72% at the end of June to 90.44% at the end of July. The urban tele-density increased from 158.16% at the end of June to 159.38% at the end of July, and rural tele-density also increased from 57.99% at the end of June to 58.45% at the end of July.

The share of urban and rural subscribers in total number of telephone subscribers at the end of July was 55.86% and 44.14% respectively.

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