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June: Jio & ACT lead wireless, wired broadband subs growth

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BENGALURU:MukeshAmbani’s Reliance Jio juggernaut continued leading growth in wireless broadband internet in the country nine months after its commercial launch on 5 September 2016. Jio has added 51.2 million subscribers in calendar year 2017 (CY-17) until 30 June 2017 (Jun-17) At the same time, ACT Broadband, probably the largest private wired internet service player in South India, continued to lead subscriber acquisitions in CY-17 with the addition of about  100,000 (0.1 million) broadband internet subscribers until Jun-17.

Wireless broadband numbers grew 9.14 million or 3.35 percent month-on-month (m-o-m) in Jun-17 to 281.99 million from 272.85 million in May-17 according to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) data for the month of June 2017. Jio’s subscriber base grew by 13.68 percent in Jun-17.The top 5 wireless broadband service providers were Reliance JioInfocomm Ltd (123.36 million), Bharti Airtel (53.25 million), Vodafone (41.13 million), Idea Cellular (26.37 million) and Reliance Communications (13.54 million). Please refer to the figure below:

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The figure below shows the m-o-m subscriber base growth of the top 5 service providers in India.

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Top five broadband internet service providers constituted 89.08 percent market share of the total broadband subscribers at the end of Jun-17. The subscriber base of these service providers was Reliance JioInfocom Ltd (123.36 million), Bharti Airtel (55.34 million), Vodafone (41.14 million), Idea Cellular (26.37 million) and BSNL (21.76 million).

In the case of wired broadband subscribers, the all India subscriber base grew by 0.19 million or by 1.04 percent in CY-17 – from 18.14 million on 1 January 2017 to 18.33 million as on 30 June 2017.

As on 30 June 2017, the top five Wired Broadband Service providers were BSNL (9.73 million), Bharti Airtel (2.1 million), Atria Convergence Technologies (1.22 million), MTNL (0.98 million) and You Broadband (0.65 million). Among the top 5 wired broadband internet service providers the government run providers – Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telecom Nigam Limited (MTNL) lost subscribers, Airtel saw an increase of 10,000 subscribers, while ACT and You Broadband both gained subscribers in June 17 as compared to May 17. Please refer to the figure below.

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It must be noted thatTRAI reports indicate data in millions of numbers up to 2 decimal places. Hence it is assumed in this report that a figure of 0.51 million (5.1 lakh) subscribers for You BB for Dec-2015 would be granular to the nearest 10,000. While percentages have been mentioned up to two decimal places, the accuracy may vary, depending upon the exact number.

Multi-system operators (MSOs’) and Local cable operators (LCOs’) or cable video service providers also provide broadband internet services in the country. These cable service providers have a number of subsidiaries and alliances, hence broadband numbers are split as applicable. The consolidated subscription numbers of these entities could be larger than the numbers of some of the wired internet services providers mentioned above.

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