May 27, 2022

India’s Bharti Airtel stealing rivals’ market share


India’s second-largest telecom company Bharti Airtel continues to gain subscribers while market leader Reliance Jio and ailing Vodafone Idea lose customers, according to new data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

Bharti Airtel gained 1.59 million users in February, taking its total subscriber base to 359 million, while Reliance Jio lost 3.66 million users to end the month at 402.73 subscribers. Debt-ridden Vodafone Idea lost another 1.53 million users, taking its total subscribers down to 264 million.

Both Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea have lost customers for the third consecutive month. Reliance Jio lost 9.3 customers in January and 13 million users in December. Vodafone Idea lost 389,082 customers in January and 1.61 million in December. In contrast, Bharti Airtel gained 475,000 customers in December and 714,199 users in January.