Reliance Jio Adds 7.3 Million Subscribers in October 2017; Overall Telecom Subscriber Base Down to 1,201 Million: Trai

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) announced that India telecom base eroded 0.41 percent in the month of October 2017. The subscriber base fell slightly from 1,206.71 million to 1,201.72 million for all major telecom operators. The data released by Trai showed a decline in both wireless and wired customer base.


The wireless subscribers decreased by 0.41% to 1178.20 million, while wired connections plummeted even more by 0.60% to 23.53 million. There was more loss of connections in urban India than the rural area. The number of connections in urban India went down from 704.89 million in September to 697.54 million at the end of October 2017. Interestingly, rural customer base grew from 501.82 million to 504.19 million by the end of the month.

The mobile connections went down from 1,183.04 million at the end of September 2017 to 1,178.20 million at the end of October 2017. The loss was, however, mitigated by major telecom operators gaining in more 12.6 million customers.

Reliance Jio continues to lead when it comes to new customers, with the addition of 7.344 million new customers in October 2017. It was followed by Bharti Airtel which got 3.14 million subscribers, Vodafone 0.87 million, Idea 0.71 million and BSNL 0.60 million subscribers.

Operators such as Aircel, Telenor, RCom, Tata Teleservices continue to lose subscribers by a huge margin. Reliance lost a whopping 10 million subscribers, followed by Tata with more than 4 million subscribers loss. Telenor and Aircel are next on the list with 1 million and 0.9 million subscriber base loss.


As for the wired connections, state-run BSNL continues to see huge losses, followed by MTNL. Despite offering free calling services, BSNL subscriber base has dipped as wireless connection gain on the new ground. Overall, the landline subscriber base declined by 0.14 million with a monthly decline rate of 0.60%.

Despite seemingly decreasing telephone subscribers, broadband service has grown for the Indian market. Once again the wireless broadband received positive growth while wired connections aren’t doing as well. The 3G/4G wireless connections increased from 324.89 Million at the to 340.16 million with a monthly growth rate of 4.70%. For the end of October, while Reliance Jio and Airtel lead in the wireless broadband category, BSNL and Bharti Airtel are on top of wired broadband services.

Trai’s latest data shows a bleak picture for State-run BSNL in terms of declining wired connections while Reliance Jio continues to wreak havoc in the market with their ultra cheap data services.

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December 14, 2017 7:57 pm 7:57 PM

Another analysis failed due to master mind
December 14, 2017 10:43 pm 10:43 PM


December 14, 2017 4:42 pm 4:42 PM

I travelled from Chandigarh to Delhi by bus. All the time Jio had full coverage and I was watching youtube videos in HD. Speed was around 12mbps almost all time. I just love Jio. Here in Noida (except for few times) speed always above 10mbps. Jio is better than broadband lol, however its not reliable always like broadband, but heyy… its way cheaper

Kirit Patel
December 14, 2017 2:52 pm 2:52 PM

Jio using 10 MHZ on band 5 in Mumbai, how is band5 speed in Mumbai.

Mumbai user comment pls.

adil wadia
December 15, 2017 1:52 am 1:52 AM

Great coverage on Band 5. It’s like heaven, but you enjoy the benefit only if your phone is locked to Band 5. Allowing the device to switch bands ruins Jio experience in Mumbai. I lock my device to Band 5 in Mumbai, my girlfriend had her device locked to Band 5. Speeds are over 20 Mbps and go to 35 Mbps at night. I have night unlimited valid till April 2018 and Jio is replacing my broadband till April.

Kirit Patel
December 15, 2017 9:07 am 9:07 AM

When Jio will start Band 5 on 10 MHZ in gujarat as Jio has own 5 MHZ, rcom own 2.5 MHZ + acquired from mts 3.75 MHZ = 11.25 MHZ

adil wadia
December 15, 2017 11:44 am 11:44 AM

Its going to take a long time. RCOM is now controlled by the bankers, any sale or lease of spectrum will have to be vetted with them. They are likely to go for auction to the highest bidder. Which will mean that besides Jio Airtel may also bid for the spectrum. That is going to take time.

December 14, 2017 10:43 pm 10:43 PM

Good speeds, good coverage and BEST indoor coverage.

December 14, 2017 5:39 pm 5:39 PM

Jio us worst network in India, please don’t use…No speed at all ..

Kirti Khurana
December 14, 2017 11:09 pm 11:09 PM

i found Aircel 2G better than Jio4G, Aircel 2G already load pages quicker than Jio

December 14, 2017 4:45 pm 4:45 PM

Jio Speeds are good in Mumbai & coverage is excellent. I get avg 5 to 25 Mbps most of the time.

Kirit Patel
December 14, 2017 6:57 pm 6:57 PM

Band 5 speed?

December 14, 2017 10:49 pm 10:49 PM

Band 5 gives speeds are always in the range of 10 to 25 mbps depending on the signal quality & site load.

10 mhz in band 5 gives a much better data experience.

December 14, 2017 10:43 pm 10:43 PM

5-8 Mbps

adil wadia
December 15, 2017 11:46 am 11:46 AM

You get atleast 10 to 12 Mbps on Band 5. That speed is too low for that band in Mumbai city, unless you are in a poor reception area for Band 5. Average speeds are over 20 Mbps even in peak hours. Try locking your device to band 5 and check the throughput again.