Airtel Trumps Vodafone Idea to Become 2nd-Largest Carrier in India: TRAI

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Airtel Trumps Vodafone Idea to Become 2nd-Largest Carrier in India: TRAI
Airtel went previous Vodafone Idea in February to turn out to be the second-largest cell telecom operator in India. According to newest information from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the corporate added 9 lakh subscribers in February. Vodafone Idea, in the meantime, misplaced 34 lakh subscribers throughout the identical interval. Reliance Jio retained its primary place, including over 62 lakh subscribers through the month.

Another operator that elevated its subscriber depend throughout February was the State-owned BSNL. It added round 4 lakh subscribers as the general wi-fi market elevated from 156 crores to 160 crores. The different state-owned operator, MTNL, misplaced round 5,000 subscribers throughout the identical interval. Meanwhile, wi-fi subscription in city areas fell from 64.4 crores to 64.3 crores throughout February. Subscription numbers in rural areas, alternatively, elevated to 51 crores throughout the identical interval.

Overall, the the top-five carriers accounted for 98.99 p.c of all cell subscribers on the finish of February. Jio led with 32.99% market share, whereas Airtel, Vodafone Idea, BSNL and MTNL got here in with 28.35%, 28.05%, 10.32% and 0.29%, respectively. In combination phrases, market chief Reliance Jio had over 38.2 crore subscribers on the finish of February. Bharti Airtel had 32.9 crore subscribers, adopted by Vodafone Idea (32.5 crores), BSNL (11.9 crores) and MTNL (34 lakh).

It is value noting that Airtel was as soon as the main wi-fi service within the nation earlier than the emergence of Reliance Jio and the merger of Vodafone Idea relegated it to the third spot. However, now that the corporate is again within the prime two, it is going to be fascinating to see if it is going to be in a position to wrest again its pole place from the Mukesh Ambani-led behemoth.

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