Reliance Jio has garnered a record of 58 lakh new customers in March quarter on its Jio Prime membership drive pushing itself to the number four slot on the subscribers ranking list.
Total wireless subscribers (GSM, CDMA <E) increased from 116 crore at the end of February, 2017 to 117 crore at the end of March, 2017, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of 0.51 per cent, said the TRAI March data.
As on March 31, 2017, the private access service providers held 91.06 per cent market share of the wireless subscribers whereas BSNL and MTNL, the two PSU access service providers had a market share of only 8.94 per cent, said TRAI.
For the month, Jio is followed by Airtel at 30 lakh new ones and Idea and BSNL both acquiring 21 lakh subscribers each.
This is the largest ever monthly addition of BSNL in as many months aided by some customers-centric innovative data and voice tariff plans which have been used to fight Jio despite the public operator not being 4G players in actual operation and its absence from the lucrative Delhi and Mumbai markets.
Vodafone with its monthly addition of 18 lakh, the new users ranks fifth in terms of addition of new subscribers. All other lower rung operators except MTNL have lost customers. But MTNL has just added 286 new users.
Airtel leading the pack with 23.39 per cent followed by Vodafone at 17.87 per cent and Idea behind 16.70 per cent as to represent the market shares of the operators.
The fourth slot now seems to have taken over by Reliance Jio at 9.29 per cent followed by BSNL at 8.63 per cent. In a way, BSNL has lost the fourth slot to the Mukesh Ambani firm which it occupied before Jio entered the market and till Jio accumulated huge subscribers with its free offers.
During the quarter, Aircel had a market share of 7.7 per cent while Reliance Communications has 7.14 per cent. They are followed by Telenor and Tata Teleservices. Sistema and MTNL have below 1 per cent market share among all the operators as on March 31, 2017.