Reliance Jio Leads in Wireless Subscriber Addition in August Month, BSNL Loses Wired Customers

In the July-August period, BSNL lost broadband customers, whereas, Reliance Jio continued to add wireless subscribers

Highlights
  • At the end of the month, BSNL had 8.79 million wired broadband subscribers
  • Top five companies made up for 98.96% market share in broadband services
  • Bharti Airtel has 126.7 million subscribers and Vodafone Idea has 111.11 million subscribers

When it comes to wireless subscribers, the Mukesh Ambani led telecom operator, Reliance Jio has been making very rapid progress in terms of subscriber base. The telecom operator has grown its subscribers base beyond 350 million subscribers as reported by its monthly quarterly earnings sheet. In the quarter ending August 31, 2019, the Mukesh Ambani led telco reported the most number of wireless subscribers by absolute numbers. As for the largest growth by percentage terms, Bharti Airtel was the operator to make the most massive number of subscriber addition. As per the reports on the subscriber base, Reliance Jio added 3.05 million subscribers in the quarter ending August, in the same period, Bharti Airtel closely followed Reliance Jio by adding 2.76 million subscribers.

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Reliance Jio Adds Most Number of Subscribers

As for the total market share of the broadband service providers, both wireless and wired broadband services, the top five service providers made up for 98.96% of the market share in the quarter ending August 31, 2019. These five operators making up close to all the broadband subscribers included Reliance Jio 348.2 million, but as reported by Reliance Jio itself, at the end of the quarter ending September 2019, the telecom operator stood beyond the 355 million mark. On the second number spot was Bharti Airtel with 126.7 million subscribers, Vodafone Idea with 111.11 million subscribers, BSNL with 21.5 million subscribers and at the end of this list was Atria Convergence Technology (ACT Fibernet) with 1.47 million subscribers. Also, the data on the subscriber base highlighted that the total broadband base in the country grew by 1.87% in the July-August period. The subscriber addition through mobile phones was 11.5 million, whereas, there was a negative growth as the broadband subscriber base declined by 20,000. After the decline, the total wired broadband subscriber base stood at 18.32 million. In the month before, this subscriber base stood at 18.52 million.

BSNL Leading the Pack With Most Wired Broadband Subscribers

When it came to wired broadband subscribers, the top five service providers were Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) with 8.79 million subscribers, Bharti Airtel with 2.41 million subscribers, ACT Fibernet with 1.47 million subscribers, Hathway Cable and Datacom with 0.85 million subscribers, and lastly You Broadband with 0.75 million subscribers. However, in this time, BSNL also witness a decline in this wired broadband subscriber base by 0.26 million. Whereas, in this period, Bharti Airtel saw an increase in its broadband subscribers by 10,000. Whereas, for the other three broadband players, there was no increase in their broadband subscribers for the period between July 2019 and August 2019.

Reliance Jio Yet to Monetise JioFiber Customers

It is worth noting that Reliance Jio’s introduction of JioFiber services has initiated a recomposition of subscriber base in the wired broadband sector. While in the wireless broadband sector, Reliance Jio continues to lead the pack among all the telecom operators, it is also causing slight changes in the wired broadband industry, albeit not in an equally intense manner. The largest wired service provider, BSNL has also been witnessing a decline in its subscribers because of the lack of attractiveness on its broadband plans, the presence of daily data limit on most of its plans and lack of freebies which Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel are providing in ample amount with their fibre plans. It is also a crucial fact that Reliance Jio has not yet started monetising its JioFiber customers as it is undergoing a billing infrastructure revamp. When Reliance Jio starts billing its fibre customers, it will have a new influx of revenue in addition to its wireless subscribers.

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Kirit Patel
Kirit Patel

I am using Redmi K20 pro since 1 month, my observations about CA are 1) Mostly Jio network latch on band 40, so 4g+ is most of time, speed is awesome than normal phone, 2) some time show 4g+ in band 5 and 3, but speed is normal as getting on normal phone so I think it is not actually 4g+

Pls give more clarity on CA Redmi K20 pro user

City
Ahmedabad
Operator
Jio
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Mannulko
Mannulko

Redmi k20 pro only supports same band carrier aggregation like band 40 & band 40 ND no other combination.This is the reason I went for OnePlus 7 as it supports all possible combinations in india.See attached pic which shows jio 3 band carrier aggregation

Nikhil
Nikhil

In your area, Jio has only 5Mhz each in band 5 and band 3. So speeds aren’t better. You are getting good speeds on band 40 because of intra-band CA. Let’s wait for auction, you will see amazing speeds on all three bands as this phone supports 3CA and 4*4MIMO(15Mhz in band 5/15Mhz of band 3/40Mhz of band 40 will provide you 90Mbps plus speeds on 3CA if site is not loaded).

Mannulko
Mannulko

This phone doesn’t support 3CA U can check on mi community forums

Ved
Ved

OT: Redmi Note 8 does support CA but I get only Jio’s 4G+ not getting airtel 4G+ while poco is showing 4G+ in airtel at my home. Same thing also happened with Redmi K20 I went to many different places but K20 didn’t get airtel 4G+ while poco was getting 4G+. And one more thing is as soon as signal drops to 850Mhz 4G+ stops.

Btw it’s good to see 9k (inc 10% discount on festive seasons) device now supporting 4G+ of Jio and this is just awesome phone at the price point. Redmi is now doing great.

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Nikhil
Nikhil

What are the speeds are you getting on Airtel and Jio respectively? The same was said about Redmi Note 7 Pro. But it don’t support CA.

Just like Poco, it might not be supporting CA in combination with band 5. Looks like Jio has subsidized this phone just like Redmi Note 4. No band 8 support. Looks like from screenshot you are getting intra band CA only. If Airtel is not getting CA, then 3+40 is not available.

DISCLAIMER : Don’t trust the net monster app.

Ved
Ved

I do think this phone supports intra band only because RN8 gets 4G+ very less as compared to poco on Jio SIM.

krishna
krishna

Have you tried switching internet to airtel, if not switch internet to airtel and reboot the device and see if it shows 4g+

Ved
Ved

Ya I tried that even I inserted only airtel SIM just to cross check but no luck. I even went to other places where my friend lives and get airtel 4G+ on his Samsung galaxy S9+ with speed touching 100Mbps but RN8 was not getting 4G+ there and max I got was 38Mbps. Same case was for Redmi K20.

Nikhil
Nikhil

Realme XT ON Airtel.

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Jio lover.. i can afford 6 paisa per minute..
Jio lover.. i can afford 6 paisa per minute..

XT supports CA
But i heard somewhere that none of realme phones supports it..

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
Kiran Fernandes | Goa

So that means, XT supports CA, but the CA band configs aren’t set for Indian operators. Gotta manually do it via QXDM. I suppose it has this modem: Cat12 600/150Mbps.

Nikhil
Nikhil

I think it might be supporting 3+40 and 40+40. Speeds were really good on Airtel.

Jio lover.. i can afford 6 paisa per minute..
Jio lover.. i can afford 6 paisa per minute..

Great to see

Rajnish | Agra
Rajnish | Agra

The reason I have trust issues with net monster. 😐

Airtel don’t even have 850Mhz spectrum but this app is showing 20 Mhz.

Network Signal Guru is the only app which can be believed.

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Ved
Ved

Ya network signal guru is not accurate.

Ved
Ved

Sorry it’s NET MONSTER which is not accurate. NSG is accurate but requires rooted phone.

Nikhil
Nikhil

Lol…. Insane…… Don’t trust net monster app. Root your phone and download network signal guru app. That’s the only way you can find CA combinations. Even after rooting your phone, unless you lock to band 3/5,it won’t latch on to band 3/5(specially in case of Redmi phones).

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