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Reliance JioFiber subscribers dipped for the very first time since its launch back in September 2019. JioFiber has been raking in subscribers since it’s Preview rollout, but for the first time, it’s witnessing a drop of almost 20,000 subscribers, from 860,000 subscribers in December 2019 to 840,000 subscribers in January 2020. Though, overall, JioFiber still remains the undisputed broadband provider followed by Airtel and Vodafone Idea.
The Coronavirus outbreak has forced many people to stay home and has initiated a culture of working from home. That is why it becomes imperative for people to get a home broadband connection for working without any network hassle. While the latest TRAI report only reveals subscriber count for the month of January 2020, it’s likely that the broadband providers see a surge in their user base owing to the COVID-19 crisis.
According to the latest report published by TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India), the number of wired broadband subscribers stood at 19.14 million at the end of 2019 but witnessed a decline of 0.27% by the end of January 2020. The report states that the top five broadband providers were Reliance Jio with 377.41 million users, Bharti Airtel with 144.77 million subscribers, Vodafone Idea with 117.95 million subscribers, BSNL with 24.91 million users and Atria Convergence Technologies (ACT) garnering 1.54 million subscribers.
Combining the total number of wired and wireless broadband subscribers, Reliance Jio stood at the top with over 56 per cent market share while Airtel was able to garner 21.5 per cent of the market. Reliance Jio currently provides wired broadband services to more than 0.84 million homes with over 376.57 million wireless broadband users.
The report also indicates that the total number of wireless subscribers increased from 1,151 million to 1,156 million at the end of January 2020, registering an increase of 0.43 per cent. The data released by TRAI also reveals that the total number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 1,172 million in December 2019 to 1,177 million by January 31, 2020.