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Mobile Subs and Operator Wise Market Share of Telecom Companies in India ’19


Mobile Subscribers and Operator Wise Market Share of Telecom Companies in India 2019

The Indian Telecom market is dominated by 3 Operators – Vodafone Idea, Bharti Airtel and Reliance JIO. These three Telecom operators own 88.6% of total subscriber market share as of April 2019.

The Government owned BSNL is the only other player present in the market with a significant 10% share. Tata-Tele services (owned by Tata Group) has mere 1.1% subscriber share.

Operator Wise Market Share Telcom Companies (April 2019)

Telecom Subscriber Market Share 2019

Operators Telecom Subscriber (Mn)  Market Share (Apr’19)
Airtel 321.189 27.6%
Vodafone Idea 393.25 33.8%
Jio 314.8 27.1%
BSNL 115.89 10.0%
Tata Tele 12.91 1.1%
Others 4.251 0.4%
Total Base 1162.29 100.0%


Vodafone Idea is the biggest Telecom company in India with 393.2 million subscribers and has a 33.8% Telecom subscriber market share.

Of course, Idea and Vodafone were two separate companies which got merged in 2017 due to extreme pressure from the launch of JIO.

Bharti Airtel, owned by Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal is the second largest telecom company in India with a 27.6% market share and 321 Million subscribers.

Reliance JIO (owned by Mr. Mukesh Ambani) is the third largest telecom company with 27.1% subscriber market share and 314.8 million subscribers.

Subscriber Growth/Decline Operator Wise Trend – 2018/19

Subscribers Growth and Decline 

The numbers in the below table speak louder than the words. Nevertheless, here are some key observations.

  • Vodafone and Idea have lost more than 45 Million subscribers in the last 1 year.
  • Bharti Airtel has been able to increase the subscriber base but they also acquired Aircel which had close to 74 Million Subscribers. Considering that Bharti has also lost close to 50 Million Subscribers.
  • Reliance Jio is a on spree and has added over 118 Million Subscribers in the last 1 year.
  • It may look odd but BSNL is stable to grow despite unprecedented competition from rivals.
Operators Subscriber (Mn) Apr’18 Subscriber (Mn) Apr ’19 Net Additions
Airtel 308.69 321.18 12.49
Vodafone Idea 438.79 393.25 45.54
Jio 196.19 314.8 118.61
BSNL 112.38 115.89 3.51
Tata Tele 29.12 12.91 -16.21
Others 39.9 4.251 -35.649
Total Base 1125.07 1162.29 37.22

Subscriber Market Share 2019 Vs 2018

  • The Biggest drop in market share is for Idea and Vodafone from 39% to 33.8%.
  • Reliance Jio is the biggest gainer with 9.6% share and it comes from poaching subs from Voda-Idea, Airtel and other operators such as Aircel, Telenor which were present in 2018 but not anymore.
Operators Telecom Market Share’18 Telecom Market Share’19 % Chg
Airtel 27.4% 27.6% 0.2%
Vodafone Idea 39.0% 33.8% -5.2%
Jio 17.4% 27.1% 9.6%
BSNL 10.0% 10.0% 0.0%
Tata Tele 2.6% 1.1% -1.5%
Others 3.5% 0.4% -3.2%
Total Base 100.0% 100.0% 0.0%


The above data analysis shows how JIO has changed the Game of Indian Telecom and despite starting very late (2016) has been able to dwarf the rivals with aggressive data pricing.

Net Subscriber Addition April 2019 

The below table clearly shows how JIO is still dominating and adding more Subscribers whereas Airtel, TTSL and Vodafone-Idea are continuing to lose.

Reliance JIO has added 80 lakhs new subscribers in April 2019.


Also, Read – Smartphone Market Share in India – 2019 Report

Data Source – TRAI


JIO Subscriber Growth Story in India

Update 05/July/2018 – At the Reliance AGM today, Mr. Mukesh Ambani Shared that Reliance JIO has crossed the 215 Million Subscriber mark and is almost at par with Idea Cellular.

It is a big milestone for the company and thanks to JIO, the data consumption in India has increased many folds since its inception.


Below is the Snapshot of how the Subscribers have increased for the last 12 months for the brand and the data consumption is nearly doubled from 125 Cr GB per month to 240 Crore GB per month.

Also, there is a stupendous growth in voice usage and Video Consumption in the Indian market. Also, JIO has announced the JIO Phone 2 and Jio Gigabit Fiber plans at the JIO AGM.


JIO Adds 8.8 Million Subscribers

To add insult to the injury, as per a recent TRAI report Reliance Jio added 8.8 million subscribers, whereas Airtel added only 1 lakh and Idea-Vodafone lost 6.5 million subscribers.

Jio currently has close to 280 million subscribers (24% subscriber market share) and every month the company is adding close to 8-9 million subscribers.

By the end of FY’19, Jio will easily have more than 300 million subscribers.

Things are looking positive for Jio at the moment and the company is also planning to revolutionize the home broadband segment with the JIO Gigafiber (read about plans and details).

Kanuj Sharma
Full-Time Blogger & Entrepreneur, Tech Enthusiast. A decade of experience in Telecom (Engineer & MBA) More About Me,  Connect On Twitter, Linked-In, Youtube

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