Telecom operator Reliance Jio has taken a lead over Bharti Airtel to become the country’s second largest fixed-line service provider in February 2022, according to data published by the sector regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
Fixed-line or wireline telecommunication refers to telephone and broadband internet services provided through a network of cables.
Reliance Jio wireline subscriber base reached over 58.85 lakh while Bharti Airtel recorded a customer base of more than 57.66 lakh in February, according to TRAI’s subscriber report released on Tuesday.
Reliance Jio led the wireline telephony growth by adding 2.44 lakh customers in February. Bharti Airtel came second in the segment by adding 91,243 new users.
Vodafone Idea added 24,948 customers, Quadrant 18,622 and Tata Teleservices 3,772.
Reliance Jio is now behind only BSNL which has over 75.76 lakh wireline customers.
The government-owned BSNL and MTNL, which jointly have a 49.5 per cent share in the segment, lost 49,074 and 21,900 fixed-line customers, respectively.
The growth trend in wireline subscriber base, which picked up after the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, is gaining momentum with private telecom operators driving the growth in the segment.
Since January 2021, BSNL’s market share has come down from 34.64 per cent to 30.9 per cent in February. Share of MTNL dropped to 11.05 per cent in February 2022 from 14.65 per cent in January 2021.
On the other hand, private players Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel have continuously gained market share.
Reliance Jio has been aggressive in the segment and its share increased to 24 per cent from 14.7 per cent between January 2021 to February 2022.