Bharti Airtel Becomes 2nd Largest Telco With 28.35% Market Share: Trai Data

Sunil Mittal-led telecom operator Bharti Airtel had a subscriber base of over 329 million, while Reliance Jio had over 382.8 million subscribers at the end of February

Bharti Airtel has added 0.85 million customers in February this year, while Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio Infocomm added 6.25 million, according to the data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Monday. The Trai data revealed that state-run telco Bharat Sanchar Nagar Limited (BSNL) added over 0.43 lakh new subscribers taking its total tally to nearly 119.9 million at the end of February 2020. Ailing telecom operator Vodafone Idea continued lost 3.46 million subscribers in the month bringing its total base down to 325.5 million.

Bharti Airtel Regains Second Spot in Subscriber Market Share

Sunil Mittal-led telecom operator Bharti Airtel had a subscriber base of over 329 million, while Reliance Jio had over 382.8 million subscribers at the end of February.

The regulator, in its statement, said that total wireless subscribers, including 2G, 3G and 4G increased to 1,160.59 million (116.05 crore) in February, up from 1,156.44 million at the end of January 2020. The regulator said that the wireless subscriber base saw a monthly increase rate of 0.36%

Urban Wireless Subscriber Base Dropped in February

The wireless subscription in urban areas saw a marginal decline from 644.5 million at the end of January to 643.2 million at the end of February. On the other hand, wireless subscription in rural areas increased from 511.9 million at the end of January to 517.3 million at the end of February.

Trai said that monthly growth rates of urban and rural wireless subscription were 0.20% and 1.06% respectively. Trai said that the total number of telephone subscribers in India went up from 1,177.02 million at the end of January 2020 to 1,180.84 million at the end of February 2020, showing a monthly increase of 0.32%.

Visitor Location Register (VLR) indicated that 95.55% of the users were active for Airtel, 90.46% for Vodafone Idea and 81.25% for Reliance Jio. VLR is a key metric reflecting the number of active subscribers on a mobile network. Trai said that Jio, Vodafone Idea and Airtel captured 89% of total broadband subscribers at the end of February. State-run BSNL continued to be the leader with 42.57% share, followed by Bharti Airtel’s 21.43% share in the wireline or fixed broadband category, Trai said.

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ManishNikhilKiran Fernandes | GoaKunalTele Recent comment authors
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Does anyone knows here how to contact airtel broadbabnd customer care (Delhi). From this month they increased my monthly rental without any notice. The option to talk to Customer care agent is not available after dialing 121 or 198 from Airtel landline or mobile. Even they don’t respond on email also. Information on IVR never resolve billing disputes.

Please help!

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Soon Airtel will lead the market , They are heavily investing in 4G Network Expansion.
I won’t say they have high speed all throughout but they have consistency in speed with maximum locations.


Jio continue to lead indian telecom sector. After spectrum auction jio will increase coverage and speed.
I think so.

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
Kiran Fernandes | Goa

Nope. I said it before, and will say it again. Airtel is always going to be the premium network while Jio the affordable one. Guess who’s gonna get the most subscribers, and who will be the one leading the market. Here’s a hint. It won’t be Airtel.


Absolutely agree with you Kiran, Airtel will be no 2 due to price factor.

Airtel will position itself at slight premium of 10 to 20% against jio. Mittal wants average revenue per user to be over 200. Once it reaches there, Mittal will think of even higher target.

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
Kiran Fernandes | Goa

Yeah he wants minimum 500 arpu due to his greed. Ego will get him even further down.


If coverage is good, then Airtel can reach 300-400 ARPU. 500 is distant dream for Airtel as well as Jio.

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