In the month of May 2021, Bharti Airtel & Vodafone Idea lost subscribers while Reliance Jio added. Bharti Airtel has lost subscribers for the 1st time since June 2020 pic.twitter.com/FMnod9z95h— CNBC-TV18 (@CNBCTV18Live) July 29, 2021
India's largest telecom operator Reliance Jio added 35.5 lakh users in May 2021, while rivals Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea lost subscribers during the same period.
India's second-largest telecom operator Bharti Airtel lost 43.16 lakh users, while Vodafone Idea lost 42.8 lakh users. This is the first time Bharti Airtel has lost subscribers since June 2020.
Recently, telecom operator Bharti Airtel announced the revision to its prepaid plans and a price hike for its entry-level plans on July 28. The company has discontinued the Rs 49 entry-level prepaid recharge and the prepaid packs will now start from Rs 79. It is about a steep 60 percent increase in the pre-paid base plan.
The overall subscribers to Airtel’s prepaid plans as of March were about 320 million.
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