Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio has become the first mobile service provider in the country to cross 40 crore customers mark. According to data released by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, the company added over 35 lakh subscribers in July.
Reliance Jio now dominates India's mobile market with 35.03 per cent market share at 40,08,03,819 subscribers.
The overall telecom subscriber base increased marginally to 116.4 crore in July from 116 crore in June, it said. Mobile phone connections in the country increased to 114.4 crore in July from 114 crore in June, with urban and rural connections standing at 61.9 crore and 52.1 crore, respectively.
Bharti Airtel and BSNL added 32.6 lakh and 3.88 lakh mobile customers, respectively, in July. Vodafone Idea lost over 37 lakh customers. State-run MTNL also lost 5,457 mobile service customers.
Fixed-line connections after several years increased marginally to 1,98,20,419, with private telecom operators led by Jio taking the lead. Public sector telecom companies BSNL and MTNL and loss-making private firms Reliance Communications and Tata Teleservices continued to post decline in fixed-line customer segment.
Broadband connections, dominated by the mobile segment, grew by 1.03 per cent to 70.54 crore in July from 69.82 crore in June. "Top five service providers constituted 98.91 per cent market share of the total broadband subscribers at the end of July," the Trai report said.
Reliance Jio had 40.19 crore broadband customers, Bharti Airtel 15.57 crore, Vodafone Idea 11.52 crore, BSNL 2.3 crore and Atria Convergence 16.9 lakh subscribers in July.