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Wired broadband subscriber base sees turnaround in May

Wired subscriber base has increased by 1.88 per cent reaching 19.38 mn

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KOLKATA: After seeing a dip in April, the number of broadband subscribers reached 683.77 million at the end of May with an overall growth of 1.13 per cent.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released the telecom subscription data as on May 2020. As per the report, the top five service providers constituted 98.93 per cent market share of the total broadband subscribers at the end of May.  The wired broadband sector has emerged as the top gainer with a growth of 1.88 per cent. However, home broadband footprint growth remains sluggish in the country. As on 31st May, 2020, the top five Wireless Broadband Service providers were Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (392.75 million), Bharti Airtel (143.55 million), Vodafone Idea (113.05 million), BSNL (14.14 million) and MTNL (0.29 million).  

Overall subscriber growth: 

Reliance Jio has added 3.73 million subscribers reaching 393.72 million overall. Among the top five players, Atria Convergence remains one of the top gainers touching a subscriber base of 1.64 million. At the end of last December, its subscriber base was at 1.52 million. Among other players, Bharti Airtel has seen an addition of 1.2 million subscribers, standing at 145.96 million subscriber base. 1.68 million new users have subscribed to Vodafone Idea’s broadband network in the month. State-run BSNL has also gained 0.53 million new subscribers. 

Segment-wise growth:

Among the telecom providers, Jio has gained in the wired broadband sector also as it has added 0.07 million in May. On the other hand, Airtel has lost 0.03 million subscribers. The top five Wired Broadband Service providers were BSNL (7.93 million), Bharti Airtel (2.41 million), Atria Convergence Technologies (1.64 million), Hathway Cable & Datacom (0.97 million) and Reliance Jio (0.97 million).

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