India's telecommunications subscriber base grew marginally to 1.19 billion by the end of November 2021, said the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
The total wireless customer base in the country was 1,167.5 million in end-November. Total wireless subscribers increased from 1,166.30 million at the end of October 2021 to 1,167.50 million at the end of November 2021.
Reliance Jio added 2.01 million wireless customers in November, taking its gross mobile user base to 428.61 million, while Bharti Airtel’s rose by 1.31 million to 355.29 million, according to the latest subscriber data issued by TRAI. Vodafone Idea (Vi) lost over 1.89 million customers in November, reducing its total mobile user base to 267.12 million.
Reliance Jio has also toppled BSNL as a top fixed-line broadband subscriber and now leads the segment with 4.34 million customers which had been dominated by the state-run telecom since its inception about 20 years ago.
The overall Tele-density in India increased from 86.86% at the end of October-21 to 86.90% at the end of November-21. The Urban Tele-density increased from 138.45% at the end of October-21 to 138.50% at the end of November-21, however, Rural Tele-density remained the same i.e. 59.39% as it was at the end of October-21. The share of urban and rural subscribers in the total number of telephone subscribers at the end of November-21 was 55.42% and 44.58% respectively.
The Wireless Tele-density in India increased from 85.15% at the end of October-21 to 85.18% at the end of November-21.
As of 30th November 2021, the private access service providers held 90.03% market share of the wireless subscribers whereas BSNL and MTNL, the two public sector units (PSUs) access service providers, had a market share of only 9.97%.