BSNL loses 50,000 broadband subscribers in October, Airtel and Jio See earn: TRAI

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) lost about 50,000 wired broadband subscribers in October, the latest report from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) suggests. Airtel and Jio gained subscribers, as Airtel Xstream Fiber’s user base increased from 2.6 million in September to 2.67 million in October. BSNL, on the other hand, saw a decline in its broadband subscriber base from 7.8 million at the end of September to 7.75 million at the end of October. BSNL continued to lead the wired broadband segment, while Reliance Jio surpassed the wireless broadband segment with 406.36 million subscribers.

The TRAI report for October 2020 shows that BSNL’s wired broadband subscriber base shrank from 7.8 million in September to 7.75 million in October. This marked a loss of 50,000 subscribers in one month. Airtel took second place in the wired broadband space with 2.67 million subscribers, followed by Atria Convergence with 1.74 million subscribers, Reliance Jio with 1.7 million subscribers and Hathway cable with 1.05 million subscribe at the end of October. Reliance Jio had 1.52 million subscribers in September, which increased to 1.7 million at the end of October.

In the wireless broadband space, Jio emerged at the top with 406.36 million subscribers at the end of October. Airtel came in second with 167.56 million subscribers, Vodafone Idea came third with 120.49 million subscribers, BSNL followed with 18.12 million subscribers and Tikona came in last with 0.31 million subscribers. BSNL has gained a sizeable number of subscribers in the wireless segment, as its September numbers dropped to 17.03 million subscribers.

In the larger scheme of things, BSNL only captured 3.42% of the broadband (wired + wireless) market share. Reliance Jio captured the majority of the market share with 55.85% and Airtel took second place with a market share of 22.86%. Vodafone Idea had a market share of 16.5% at the end of October 2020 and Atria Convergence had a market share of 0.24%.


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