BSNL and Reliance Jio Top Wired and Wireless Broadband Service Provider Chart Respectively Until February 2017

Yesterday, we reported that Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had received a total of 5.67 million MNP requests in February 2017. According to the data acquired by TRAI, the number of broadband subscribers (wired+wireless) increased to 261.31 million at the end of February 2017.

The number was increased from 253.75 million at the end of January 2017 with a monthly growth rate of 2.98 percent. The data also states that the top five service providers constituted 86.76 percent market share of the total broadband subscribers at the end of February 2017.

Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd registered 102.84 million, Bharti Airtel got 46.69 million, Vodafone (32.06 million), Idea Cellular (24.32 million), and BSNL (20.81 million).

That said, Reliance Jio, as expected is leading the wireless subscriber base. Coming to the wired broadband service providers until February 2017, the top five service providers included were BSNL with 9.95 million, Bharti Airtel (2.07 million), ACT Fibernet (1.14 million), MTNL (1.03 million), and YOU Broadband (0.62 million).

As on 28th February 2017, the top five Wireless Broadband Service providers were Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (102.84 million), Bharti Airtel (44.62 million), Vodafone (32.05 million), Idea Cellular (24.31 million) and Reliance Communications (14.04 million).

It’s pretty much evident that the users in India are still consuming the internet via a wireless device, either it is a mobile phone or dongle. Also, in the Fixed Wireless Department, operators have seen a downfall of 1.12 percent. In case you are wondering, fixed wireless devices include Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Max, Point to Point Radio and VSAT.

Also, the wired subscriber base has increased from the previous 18.10 million to 18.18 million with a rise of just 0.39 percent. The report also states that the number of active wireless subscribers in February 2017 was 1010.63 million.

TRAI also says that the number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 1174.80 million at the end of January 2017 to 1188.55 million at the end of February 2017, thereby showing a monthly growth of 1.17 percent.

Total wireless subscribers (GSM, CDMA, and LTE) increased from 1150.45 million at the end of January 2017 to 1164.20 million at the end of February 2017 with a monthly growth rate of 1.19 percent.

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13 Comments on "BSNL and Reliance Jio Top Wired and Wireless Broadband Service Provider Chart Respectively Until February 2017"


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Adithya Vardhan
April 30, 2017 12:10 am 12:10 AM

Are the jio unrecharged sims still working?

April 30, 2017 4:48 pm 4:48 PM

Yes non recharge jio still getting 1gb daily. Jio have recently goes from free to they need some time to detected non recharge no. And if u want to come under their radar..then update the latest Myjio app version and check the my statement for latest 1 week. I think after that jio can detect them and that number will enter into jio grace plan

April 30, 2017 11:39 am 11:39 AM

Yes. Only Jio to Jio calls working and Internet at 2g speeds.

April 30, 2017 9:57 am 9:57 AM

Yes….only those who have had purchased them before December 2016

Imran Khan
April 30, 2017 4:00 am 4:00 AM


April 29, 2017 10:06 pm 10:06 PM

BSNL is lying about subscriber base. People are fed up with them . Soon they are on the way to become history if they do not mend their ways.

April 29, 2017 7:21 pm 7:21 PM

nothing new in it, BSNL is the top wired BB service provider from the very beginning, however the real fact is that its number are very much stagnated or even little bit decreased for the past two years, but numbers of other service providers are increasing steadily particularly AIRTEL and ACT. Subscribers growth of ACT is highest than others.

S Gopal
April 30, 2017 8:38 pm 8:38 PM

Yes, they need to aggressively market wired broadband services especially when they are the market leaders by around 7 million additional subscribers.

Recently MTNL announced that they shall encourage those landline customers of theirs who are not availing broadband services to sign up for broadband services after offering them attractive incentives.

BSNL too should augment their broadband services in a similar manner.