Reliance Jio Adds 9.6 Million Subscribers in April 2018, Inches Towards 200 Million User Base

Reliance Jio has added a whopping 9.6 million subscribers during the month of April 2018, which takes the overall subscriber base of the telco to 196.2 million and is inching towards the 200 million subscriber base. During the same period, Idea Cellular has added 5.5 million new subscribers, followed by Bharti Airtel with 4.5 million new additions. State-run PSU, BSNL added over seven lakh new customers during the same period, while surprisingly, Vodafone lost more than 6.6 lakh subscribers during April 2018. As per the data released by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), Reliance Jio now has 17.44% subscriber market share, while Airtel is still leading the chart with 27.44% share. Idea Cellular will soon become the country’ second largest operator because as of April 2018, it had a market share of 19.27%, which is very much close to that of Vodafone’s 19.74%. BSNL is on the verge of securing 10% market share as it ended the month with 9.99% share.


Coming to other operators, MTNL lost 12,167 subscribers, while Telenor and Tata Teleservices lost 1.8 million and 2 million subscribers respectively. Furthermore, Trai has stated that Aircel did not report its subscriber base for April 2018 due to the closure of services. As on April 30, 2018, the private telecom service providers held 89.70% market share of the wireless subscribers whereas BSNL and MTNL, the two PSU access service providers, had a market share of only 10.30%.

The Monthly Subscription Report from Trai also revealed that the number of telephone subscribers in India declined from 1,206.22 million at the end of March 2018 to 1,147.71 million at the end of April 2018, thereby showing a monthly decline rate of 4.85%.


The urban subscription declined from 681.61 million to 643.87 million, and the rural subscription also declined from 524.61 million to 503.84 million during the same period. The monthly growth rates of urban and rural subscription were -5.97% and -3.38% respectively during the month of April 2018. Aircel must have lost a large chunk of subscribers due to the closure of services in all the circles at the end of February 2018.

Coming to the total wireless subscribers (GSM, CDMA & LTE), the user base declined from 1,183.41 million to 1,125.07 million, thereby registering a monthly decline rate of 4.93%.

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June 27, 2018 7:12 pm 7:12 PM

Jio never fails to surprise. Speed in KSR Metro without CA

June 27, 2018 9:59 pm 9:59 PM

This is due to in building solution deployed by ATC tower company in Bangalore metro stations. Airtel and void backed off when EOI was released by ATC citing high rental charges but Jio had no issues and went ahead and leased IBS. This was published in one of the local tech site…

June 28, 2018 6:04 am 6:04 AM

Thanks for the info

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
June 27, 2018 8:18 pm 8:18 PM

Nokia 6 or Moto G5 Plus?

June 27, 2018 8:57 pm 8:57 PM

Moto X4

Sayak Roy
June 27, 2018 10:29 pm 10:29 PM

I thought Moto X4 had CA?

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
June 27, 2018 10:13 pm 10:13 PM

It supports CA.

Sayak Roy
June 28, 2018 12:35 pm 12:35 PM

That’s why speeds are so high.

June 28, 2018 4:00 pm 4:00 PM

Speeds are without CA. With CA, it’ll show LTE+

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
June 28, 2018 5:41 pm 5:41 PM

Both Moto G5s plus and Moto X4 supports some kind of CA.I am not sure why it’s not been shown on screen but they both do support CA.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
June 28, 2018 3:07 pm 3:07 PM

He said without CA that’s why I mentioned it.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
June 27, 2018 10:14 pm 10:14 PM

Even Moto G5s Plus supports it.

AU(Airtel User)
June 27, 2018 11:46 pm 11:46 PM

Redmi note 5 pro or no cheap xiaomi support CA. Waste.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
June 28, 2018 2:21 am 2:21 AM


Girish Gowda | BengaLuru
June 27, 2018 8:13 pm 8:13 PM

Jio is surprisingly insanely good in BengaLuru metro routes.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
June 27, 2018 9:05 pm 9:05 PM


June 27, 2018 8:58 pm 8:58 PM

Yes except KR MARKET station

June 28, 2018 8:15 am 8:15 AM

Even in busy majestic station too.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
June 27, 2018 2:52 pm 2:52 PM

I hope to see Dual sim continue to flourish atleast next two years till 4G expansion takes place from Avoid.

AU(Airtel User)
June 27, 2018 11:48 pm 11:48 PM

Idea and it’s new purchase vodafone will disappear don’t worry.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
June 28, 2018 2:21 am 2:21 AM

No problems;that time I will use Jio and Airtel.

Andh Bhakt
June 27, 2018 1:23 pm 1:23 PM

Would i be considered a bakra or a patriot if i pay & use only bsnl services considering it’s a govt entity & my country will progress with my money going back to the govt… well it was one until Dhan dhana dhan free service gujju ambani company came out & used his business development manager namoona to privatise bsnl sites and infra for his own advantage, which no bania !dea , punjabi mittal, videshi vodafone, parsi tata could convince GOI to do in many years of their existence.

June 28, 2018 12:33 pm 12:33 PM

Casteist perhaps!

Girish Gowda | bengaLuru
June 27, 2018 6:04 pm 6:04 PM

Yes. Probably no. Don’t know. But sure.