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Five key takeaways from Trai's October 2019 data on mobile subscribers

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Reliance Jio active subscribers rose by 14.4 million to 304 million in October 19.

Five key takeaways from Trai's October 2019 data on mobile subscribers
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released its monthly data on subscribers and mobile number portability (MNP) for October 2019. The overall subscriber addition rose by 20.3 million, registering a 2 percent month-on-month growth, to 981 million. However, the year-on-year growth is down 4 percent.
Here are some key takeaways from the Trai's October 2019 data:
  • Reliance Jio active subscribers rose by 14.4 million to 304 million in October 19. The rise is on account of Jiophone offer, which drove net additions to 9.1 million (net of 5.2 million in rural), and rise in active subscribers as percentage of total subs to 83.5 percent (from 81.6 percent in September 19), according to a research report by brokerage firm ICICI Securities. As much as 48 percent of Jio's added subscribers came from Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh (West).
  • Bharti Airtel subscribers rose by 6.8 million to 310 million largely on account of active subscriber additions in Jammu and Kashmir. An additional factor could be Reliance Jio charging for off-net outgoing calls from October 10, the ICICI Securities report added.
  • Vodafone Idea's subscriber losses decelerated to 0.7 million against an average decline of 11 million in the last six months. The telco's total active subscribers base stood at 302 millioin in October 19. Since its formation via the merger of Vodafone India and Idea Cellular in September 18, Vodafone Idea has lost 106 million active subscriber.
  • On a month-on-month basis, mobile number porting dipped by 24 percent to 4.1 million in October 19 compared to 5.4 million in the preceding month.
  • In broadband space, total wireless broadband subscriber base grew by 18.7 million in October 19 and stood at 644 million. Reliance Jio reported the highest growth with its subscriber base expanding by 9.1 million. Bharti and Vodafone Idea added 5 million and 3.6 million subscribers, respectively.
  • Disclosure: Network18, the parent company of CNBCTV18.com, is controlled by Independent Media Trust, of which Reliance Industries is the sole beneficiary. 

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