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Reliance Jio added 5.8 mn users in March, controlling 9.3% of market: Trai

Accounted for 40% of user additions by top 5; stood 4th in overall base, behind Airtel, Voda, Idea

Khalid Anzar  |  New Delhi 

Reliance Jio grabs 9.29 % market share; pools 58 lakh subscribers in March

added a whopping 5,839,734 subscribers and controlled 9.29 per cent of the telecom market as of March 31, shows the latest report by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai).

In March, led in terms of overall telecom market share, with 23.39 per cent of all subscribers. It was followed by with a 17.87 per cent share, and with 16.70. was a distant fourth with 9.29 per cent subscribers.

According to the report, the telecom industry saw a net addition of 5.98 million customers in March. While Airtel, and Cellular continue to add subscribers to their base, telecom operators such as and lose most of their subscribers.

Last year, had entered highly competitive telecom space with a free preview plan that offered unlimited free 4G high-speed data, VoLTE calls, SMS and app services for a period of 6 months. The free services helped the new entrant score more that 100 million subscribers within a span of 6 months, most of which came from competitors.

After offering free services under its network-testing phase, offered under which the subscriber get 4G high-speed data at an ultra-affordable price. Also, the VoLTE calls, SMS, and app remains free and the customers are asked to pay only for the data services.

According to the announcement made in March, the company achieved the milestone of converting 72 million subscribers to Prime membership, which in itself was a huge achievement.