INTRO: Airtel went past Vodafone Idea in February to become the second-largest mobile telecom operator in India. According to the latest data from the Telecom regulatory agency of India (TRAI), the corporate added 9 lakh subscribers in February. Vodafone Idea, meanwhile, lost 34 lakh subscribers during an equivalent period. Reliance Jio retained its favorite position, adding over 62 lakh subscribers during the month
There is another operator that has increased its subscriber count during February was the State-owned BSNL. It added around 4 lakh subscribers because the overall wireless market increased from 156 crores to 160 crores. The other state-owned operator, MTNL, lost around 5,000 subscribers during an equivalent period. Meanwhile, with all the wireless subscription in urban areas fell from 64.4 crores to 64.3 crores during February. Subscription numbers in rural areas, on the opposite hand, increased to 51 crores during an equivalent period.
Overall, the top-five carriers accounted for 98.99 percent of all mobile subscribers at the top of February. Jio has led with almost 32.99% market share, while Airtel, Vodafone Idea, BSNL, and MTNL came in with 28.35%, 28.05%, 10.32%, and 0.29%, respectively. In aggregate terms, market leader Reliance Jio had over 38.2 crore subscribers at the top of February. The company Bharti Airtel had 32.9 crore subscribers, which is followed by Vodafone Idea (32.5 crores), BSNL (11.9 crores) and MTNL (34 lakh).
It is worth noticing that the company Airtel was once the leading wireless carrier within the country before the emergence of Reliance Jio and therefore the merger of Vodafone Idea relegated it to the third spot. However, now that the corporate is back within the top two, it’ll be interesting to ascertain if it’ll be ready to wrest back its position from the Mukesh Ambani-led behemoth.