Wireless Subscriber Base increases by 13.75 mn in Feb’17
India’s wireless base jumped by 13.75 mn to reach 1.16 bn in Feb’17 with monthly increase of 1.19%. The wireless teledensity increased from 89.71 in Jan’17 to 90.70 at the end of Feb’17. Reliance Jio continued to remain biggest gainer with 12.2 mn net additions as customers flock to get benefited with free offers on its latest 4G technology. Jio has become the fourth largest telecom company by subscriber base in Feb beating BSNL as its market share now stand at 8.83%. Airtel, which added 3.5 mn in Jan’17, reported net additions of 1.2 mn in Feb as its total base crossed 270 mn. Its market share slipped from 23.42% in Jan to 23.25% as Jio continues to add customers with unprecedented pace.
Vodafone’s subscriber base has crossed 207.2 mn with net additions of 7.9 lakh customers while Idea Cellular added 1.2 mn customers to take its base to 193.2 mn . State run telecom BSNL’s performance was much like previous few months as it added 1.13 mn and its wireless base is now 98.9 mn. Vodafone and Idea cellular have joined forces to form a merged entity in order to maintain their growth as competitive intensity is touching new level each passing day. Reliance Communications and Tata Docomo reported net loss of 4.2 lakh and 7 lakh respectively. Telenor, which has sold its operations to Airtel, had net loss of 9.8 lakh in the same month.
Wireline subscribers increased from 24.34 mn at the end of Jan-17 to 24.35 mn at the end of Feb-17. Net addition in the wireline subscriber base was 0.003 million with a monthly growth rate of 0.01%. The share of urban and rural subscribers in total wireline subscribers were 84.29% and 15.71% respectively at the end of Feb-17. Bharti Airtel added 18000 new wireline customers which takes it wireline base to 3.85 mn while BSNL and MTNL, which are market leaders in wireline business, continue to witness surrender with constant pace for the last several years due to poor service quality and customer care.
Jio’s entry in telecom has brought data prices at rock bottom and more customers are getting connected to high speed broadband with usage levels growing exponentially. In Feb 2017, broadband base increased to 261.31 mn with monthly growth of 3%. Jio leads the broadband segment with more than 102.82mn customers followed by Airtel with 46.69 mn and Vodafone with 32.06 mn.
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