Jio Grabs 11.7 Million New Users in July 2018; Overall Subscriber Base Reaches 227 Million

Reliance Jio is continuing its pole position in the monthly subscriber addition list as the telco managed to grab 11.7 million new users during July 2018. According to the monthly subscription data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), Mukesh Ambani-owned firm, Reliance Jio Infocomm has extended its subscriber base by another 11.7 million, which takes the overall user base to a 227 million as of July 2018. At the company’s Annual General Meeting in July 2018, Ambani announced that Jio has 215 million users as of June 30, 2018. And the user base keeps on growing with every passing month. Compared to Vodafone which is second on the list, Jio has added close to 20 times more subscribers in July.


Jio Added 20 Time More Subscribers than Vodafone

First and foremost, Reliance Jio is the fastest telecom operator to surpass 100 million user base in 172 days. Later on, the subscriber growth reduced, but that didn’t take away the fastest growing telecom operator in the globe crown from Jio. At the end of July 2018, Jio’s overall subscriber base has reached an all-time high of 227 million and is currently standing third on the list of subscriber base. In July 2018, Reliance Jio has added 20 times more subscribers than Vodafone, which added just 609,074 new subscribers during the same period.

Idea Cellular Added a Mere 5,469 Subscribers During July 2018

Vodafone India and Idea Cellular are now jointly called Vodafone Idea Limited and their subscriber base is merged too. As of August 31, 2018, the merged entity has 408 million subscribers. During the month of July, Idea Cellular has added a mere 5,469 subscribers, and Vodafone added a total of 609,074 million users. Overall, Vodafone Idea Limited’ subscriber base is increased by 614,543.

India’ second largest telecom operator, Bharti Airtel has added 313,263 new subscribers during the same month, which is way smaller number than what Airtel is capable of.


BSNL Continues its Positive Subscriber Addition

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited or BSNL, which is currently the fourth largest telecom service provider in India has added 225,962 new users in July. BSNL’ number is smaller than Vodafone and Airtel, but the telco has retained its positive monthly subscriber addition. Another state-run telco, MTNL has lost 9914 subscribers during the same period, which is underwhelming. BSNL is expecting the monthly subscriber addition number to grow once it launches 4G services to the public as it has one of the best-prepaid tariff plans in the industry.

Tata Teleservices and Reliance are on Losing Spree

Tata Teleservices, which announced its merger with Bharti Airtel is still losing subscribers on a massive note. In July 2018, Tata Teleservices lost 2.3 million subscribers, while Reliance Communications (RCom) has lost 31,814 subscribers, continuing its losing spree. Airtel is currently in the process of securing necessary approvals for its merger with Tata Teleservices, which will boost the subscriber base of the company.

Overall, the number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 1,168.89 million at the end of June 2018 to 1,179.32 million at the end of July 2018, showing a growth of 0.89%.

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September 19, 2018 10:56 am 10:56 AM

How BSNL getting positive growth?? Who are taking their Sims?? When they will give 4G services???

September 19, 2018 10:24 am 10:24 AM

Reports are false and operator show high user base for claiming more Airwave’s.

Here I just inform you 2 reports.

1. In kolkata Jio user base continue increase around 2lac per month. This is 100% false.

2. In WB circle , vodafone also increase it’s user base approximately 3 lac per month…. Also this is false.

September 19, 2018 7:59 am 7:59 AM
Jio is building a huge rural network. Be it Rajasthan , Gujarat , MP , hp & Jammu & Kashmir Not sure about other states. I travel to most rural areas for work. At some places & districts – Jio is the only network available . Recently travelled from Srinagar to leh via kargil around 500kms. Jio has covered most of the stretch like baltal , drass , lamaryu right up to leh. Only kargil & leh city will get complete network with in two weeks . Jio has built own towers even though Airtel has its own infra on… Read more »
September 19, 2018 5:31 pm 5:31 PM
I was there in 1st half of July and at that time Jio was only available within Kashmir region, there was no coverage in Kargil or Ladakh. Airtel was present in main Leh City, Drass, Lamayuru but places like Nubra valley and Pangong had no network of any operator. At that time the locals were saying Jio network will go operational in a months time. Now Jio has leased satellite capacity to provide backhaul for 4G towers in these remote locations where fiber and microwave backhauling proves to be challenging. Same method will be used for Andaman Nicobar and the… Read more »
September 20, 2018 8:43 am 8:43 AM
Network started in first week August on the Srinagar to leh highway. They are expanding at the moment. Jio has given contract to Hughes telecom set up 400 sites through satellite connectivity at the most remote locations. Jio network team has surveyed & planned to set up network at border areas in batalik sector , nubra valley right up to siachen base camp & pangyong area . Connectivity will help our army & the local population in the area, who get cut off completely specially during the harsh winters. At the moment , there is almost nil connectivity . I… Read more »
Kiran Fernandes | Goa
September 20, 2018 2:13 am 2:13 AM

Wow. Satellite to the tower looks really good. I wonder how the speeds will be though.

Chetan | Bengaluru
September 20, 2018 2:20 pm 2:20 PM

Speed will be max 20-30mbps through satellite backhaul…

September 20, 2018 8:49 am 8:49 AM

Speeds won’t be great & will peak in the range of 20 to 30 Mbps on 4g.

This is more for connectivity in difficult terrain.

Already all operators are providing 2g connectivity through satellite with BSNL leading & followed by Airtel & after voda .

Jio is the first operator to start 4g network through satellite .