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In March, Jio added 30.5 lakh mobile users while Voda Idea lost 12 lakh

According to statistics supplied by telecom regulator TRAI, Vodafone Idea lost 12.12 lakh wireless customers during the month while Reliance Jio, India's biggest telecom provider, attracted 30.5 lakh mobile members in March, building on its momentum from February.
Bharti Airtel, the Sunil Mittal-led telecom business, added 10.37 lakh mobile users in March, bringing its subscriber base to 37.09 crores from 36.98 crores.
In March, Reliance Jio gained 30.5 lakh members, bringing its total to 43 crore, up from 42.71 crore in February. It is important to note that among telcos, Reliance Jio added the most new mobile customers in February (about 10 lakh), while Airtel added 9.82 lakh new subscribers.
According to TRAI statistics for March, Vodafone Idea, which is third in the list of mobile market subscribers after Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel, lost 12.12 lakh mobile subscribers. The number of mobile subscribers for Vodafone Idea decreased from 23.79 crore in February to 23.67 crore in March.
Overall, the number of broadband customers increased by 0.86 percent from one month to the next.
“the total broadband subscribers increased from 839.33 million at the end of February-23 to 846.57 million at the end of March-23 with a monthly growth rate of 0.86 percent,” according to a Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) announcement.
At the end of March 2023, the top five service providers—Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. (43.85 crore), Bharti Airtel (24.19 crore), and Vodafone Idea (12.48 crore)—accounted for 98.37 percent of all broadband users.
At the end of March 2023, there were 1,172.84 million (117.2 crore) telephone users in India, with a monthly growth rate of 0.21 percent.
“During the same time, the number of urban telephone subscribers climbed from 652.16 million at the end of February 23 to 653.71 million at the end of March 23, while the number of rural subscribers increased from 517.77 million to 518.63 million.
“The monthly growth rates of urban and rural telephone subscription were 0.24 percent and 0.17 percent respectively during the month of March-23,” according to TRAI.
In India as a whole, teledensity reached 84.51 percent by the end of March 2023.
“The Urban Tele-density increased from 133.70 percent at the end of February-23 to 133.81 percent at the end of March-23, and the Rural Tele-density also increased from 57.63 percent to 57.71 percent during the same period,” it stated.

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