Reliance Jio market share exceeds Airtel, Idea and Vodafone combine in wireless broadband

Reliance Jio leads and is also ahead vis-à-vis Airtel, Idea and Vodafone combine in wireless broadband thanks to its aggressive strategy, all India coverage and full bouquet of service

Reliance Jio, the latest operator to join Indian telecom leads the broadband market in all parameters. The company has a market share of 43.36 per cent in the broadband market which is inclusive of both wired and wireless. The company is not present in wired market but in wireless market the company’s market share far exceeds the combined market share of Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone.

In India, the number of broadband subscribers increased from 340.16 million at the end of October 2017 to 350.70 million at the end of November 2017 with a monthly growth rate of 3.10%. Wired subscribers contribute 17.85 million whereas mobile broadband is 332.40 and fixed is 0.45 million. In India, mobile broadband contributes around 95 per cent.

Broadband Subscribers (in million):

Wired Subscribers – 17.85

Mobile Device Users (Phones and dongles) – 332.40

Fixed Wireless Subscribers (Wi-Fi, Wi-Max, Point-to-Point Radio and VSAT) – 0.45

Total – 350.70

The top five service providers in broadband constituted 92.92% market share of the total broadband subscribers at the end of November 2017. Reliance Jio Infocom topped the group with 152 million subscribers followed by Bharti Airtel (69.38 million), Vodafone (50.16 million), Idea Cellular (32.90 million) and BSNL (21.37 million). The top five wired broadband service providers were BSNL (9.43 million), Bharti Airtel (2.14 million), Atria Convergence Technologies (1.27 million), MTNL (0.92 million) and Hathway Cable & Datacom (0.69 million).

Top 5 Broadband Service Providers (in million):

Reliance Jio Infocom -152.08

Bharti Airtel – 69.38

Vodafone – 50.16

Idea Cellular – 32.90

BSNL – 21.37

Others – 24.83

Total – 350.70

The top five wireless broadband service providers were Reliance Jio Infocomm (152.08 million), Bharti Airtel (67.24 million), Vodafone (50.15 million), Idea Cellular (32.90 million) and BSNL (11.94 million). Reliance Jio Infocom numbers far exceeds the combined numbers by 1.79 million. If we include the numbers of BSNL along with Bharti, Idea and Vodafone, the Reliance Jio numbers falls short by 10.15 million.

Reliance Jio leadership role in broadband and wireless broadband is due to its aggressive strategy, all India present by providing 4G coverage in 85 – 90 percent geographical region in India and providing full bouquet of service which pleases all section of society in a big way.

Top 5 Wireless Broadband Service Providers (in million):

Reliance Jio Infocom -152.08

Bharti Airtel – 67.24

Vodafone – 50.15

Idea Cellular – 32.90

BSNL – 11.94

Others – 7.08%

On the other hand both the number of telephone subscribers as well as wireless subscribers have gone down both in rural as well as urban region. The number of telephone subscribers in India declined from 1,201.72 million at the end of October 2017 to 1,185.88 million at the end of November 2017, thereby showing a monthly decline rate of 1.32%. The urban subscription declined from 697.54 million at the end of October 2017 to 684.89 million at the end of November 2017, and the rural subscription also declined from 504.19 million to 500.99 million during the same period. The monthly decline rates of urban and rural subscription were 1.81% and 0.63% respectively during the month of November 2017.

The overall tele-density in India declined from 92.92 at the end of October 17 to 91.61 at the end of November 2017. The urban tele-density declined from 171.08 at the end of October 17 to 167.72 at the end of November 17, and the Rural Tele-density also declined from 56.94 at the end of October 2017 to 56.54 at the end of November 2017.

Total wireless subscribers (GSM, CDMA & LTE) declined from 1,178.20 million at the end of October 2017 to 1,162.47 million at the end of November 2017, thereby registering a monthly decline rate of 1.33%. The wireless subscription in urban areas declined from 677.52 million at the end of October 2017 to 664.94 million at the end of November 2017, and wireless subscriptions in rural areas also declined from 500.68 million to 497.53 million during the month.