With passing time, a tug of war between India’s leading telecom operators is getting tougher. However, Nomura Research, a Japanese analyst firm’s data interpretation, shows that Reliance JioFibre Broadband has dominated the state-owned BSNL’s ( Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited) broadband network and has pushed down Bharti Airtel to the third position in India’s telecom sector.
As per the data published by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, The Mukesh Ambani group managed to add .019 million subscribers to its Reliance JioFibre Broadband network in November 2021, which made the total number of active Reliance JioFibre Broadband users to 4.3 million. Jio, in terms of broadband users, surpassed Bharti Airtel and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to become India’s number one wired broadband service provider. As of November 2021, Bharti Airtel had 4.1 million users, while BSNL had 4.2 million users.
Mukesh Ambani introduced the Reliance JioFibre Broadband network in India two years ago in September 2019. Over two years, the broadband service reached India’s tier 2 and tier 3 cities as the company provided internet service at a significantly low cost.
As per statistics collected by the industry regulator, Reliance Jio first gained surplus customers than Airtel in the number of home internet subscribers counted in August last year. Later, the telecom company continued to maintain its position in the following months. However, the Reliance JioFibre Broadband network continued to trail behind BSNL until October 2021. According to ICICI Securities, the market share of Reliance JioFibre Broadband stood at 17.8 at the November month-end against BSNL (17.2 percent) and Airtel (16.7 percent).
Bharti Airtel witnessed the maximum number of active mobile users until November 2021. Until November 2021, Bharti Airtel added a whopping 1.8 million users to its total number of active users – 348 million. Reliance Jio, on the other hand, remained sluggish in adding new users to its active customer base. However, Reliance Jio remained the market leader with the most number of active users and active user share scores. Reliance Jio’s active user base at the end of November 2021 stood at 360 million. Visitor Location Register data also confirmed the number of active mobile network users.
According to their estimates, with the basic prepaid plans starting at Rs 99 between July and November 2021, experts predict Airtel and Vi’s active user additions to stay low in the next few months.
Reliance JioFibre Broadband Vs Rivals
As per the figures, the total number of customers using mobile networks stayed stagnated at 996 million. Additionally, the telecom industry experts also noticed a tremendous surge in Reliance Jio’s subscriber base during November 2021 compared to its rivals.
Reliance JioFibre Broadband retained its market share position to 55.2 percent after adding the biggest number of Mobile Broadband (MBB) subscribers. At the same time, Bharti Airtel added 1.3 million broadband users to its network, which helped the brand accommodate a 26.6 percent market share. Vodafone Idea (VIL) is bad cash strapped witnessed a steep fall in its subscriber base. The loss-making telecom operator lost 0.1 million mobile network users during the same period. Vodafone Idea’s market share stands at 15.8 percent.