Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea Ltd (VIL) continued to see subscriber churn in April, when the nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic was in force. During that month, Bharti Airtel lost 5.2 million subscribers while VIL lost 4.5 million users.
The wireless customer base of Bharti Airtel reduced to 322.5 million, and that of Vodafone Idea to 314.6 million in April. During the same period, Reliance Jio gained 1.57 million users. “Total wireless subscribers (2G, 3G & 4G) decreased from 1,157.75 million at the end of March 20 to 1,149.52 million at the end of April 20, thereby registering a monthly decline rate of 0.71 per cent,” Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said in a statement.