- Airtel, Jio and Vi have seen subscriber additions in February 2021.
- Vi, for the first time, recorded positive growth since October 2019.
- Jio led the subscriber additions with Airtel seeing a drop since January.
Vodafone Idea or Vi, for the first time, has seen subscriber additions since October 2019. The telco has recorded over 6 lakh subscriber additions in February 2021. Vodafone had mistakenly registered subscriber additions for January 2021, noting that it had added 1.7 million subscribers in January. The telco later acknowledged its error in reporting the previous numbers. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had noted that the error was inadvertent and the corrected data showed it actually lost 22.83 lakh subscribers.
There are 22 telecom circles in India, out of which the telco reported that it lost subscribers in 18 circles and gained subscribers in four circles. It had reported the highest number of subscriber additions in the UP West circle. TRAI has now released the subscriber addition data for February 2021. The data shows the three private telcos including Jio, Airtel and Vodafone Idea that have shown market momentum and added subscribers in February. All states except Bihar and Himachal Pradesh saw an increase in wireless subscribers with Mumbai recording the highest number of wireless subscribers followed by Punjab.
The total wireless additions for the end of February 2021 stands at 1,167.71 million taking the monthly growth rate of 0.72 per cent. Jio led in terms of subscriber additions with 4.2 million in February, Vodafone Idea saw 6.5 lakh user additions, and Airtel recorded 3.7 million net additions, witnessing a drop since January.
Government-owned telecom operators, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) lost 0.35 million subscribers, and the Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) lost 5,261 subscribers. The wireless subscriptions for February 2021 in urban areas were at 639.24 million at the end of February, as per TRAI data. In rural areas, the wireless subscription increased to 528.47 million. The monthly growth rates of urban and rural wireless subscriptions were 0.94 per cent and 0.44 per cent.
Coming to the broadband users, the subscribers increased to 765.09 million at the end of February from 757.61 million in January, a growth of 0.99 per cent. The top broadband subscribers were Jio with 417.42 million users, Airtel with 188.21 million subscribers, Vodafone Idea 123.28 million subscribers, BSNL 25.42 million subscribers and ACT with 1.82 million subscribers.