Gujarat sees positive growth of mobile subscribers in September: TRAI

Ahmedabad:After several months, Gujarat saw positive growth in total telecom subscription numbers in September 2019. The telecom regulatory, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), released mobile subscription numbers of September 2019 on Tuesday. The report reveals that in Gujarat, the total mobile connections have gone up by 29, 129, thanks to Reliance Jio and BSNL. The total mobile subscription has increased to 6.87 crore users in Gujarat circle.

During the period, Jio added 3.60 lakh users and BSNL posted growth of over 5,700 users in the circle. After completing three years of operation in India, including Gujarat, Jio has over 32% of subscription base, with over 2.21 crore mobile connections in Gujarat. Within three years, Jio has become second largest operator in the circle.

The largest telecom operator, Vodafone Idea has been witnessed fall consistently for past over six months. By end of September 2019, Vodafone Idea lost 2.71 lakh users, followed by loss of over 67,000 users by Bharti Airtel in Gujarat.

Nationally too, Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel lost over 49 lakh users in September this year, while Reliance Jio added 69.83 lakh new users to its network, as per data from sectoral regulator TRAI.

The total wireless subscribers (GSM, CDMA and LTE) increased to 117.37 crore at the end of September 2019 from from 117.1 crore at the end of August, a monthly growth of 0.23%, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said.

Wireless subscription in urban areas declined to 65.91 crore at the end of September, while that in rural areas increased to 51.45 crore, it added. As per the data, Bharti Airtel lost 23.8 lakh users in September to take its total user base to 32.55 crore. Similarly, Vodafone Idea lost 25.7 lakh users in the month to take its total user base to 37.24 crore.

However, Reliance Jio added 69.83 lakh users in September, taking its total user base to 35.52 crore. As on September 30, 2019, Vodafone Idea had a subscriber market share of 31.73%, Reliance Jio had a market share of 30.26%, and Bharti Airtel of 27.74%.

State-run MTNL saw 8,717 users move out (33.93 lakh user base), while BSNL added 7.37 lakh users to take its total base to 11.69 crore. The wireless teledensity in India increased from 88.77 at the end of August to 88.90 at the end of September, TRAI said.

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