According to the monthly subscriber data report from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), Vi has lost 1.8 million (18,10,620) subscribers in April.
The Indian telecom sector has become one of the most competitive markets globally. The market, which was once home to seven to eighttelecom operators across different circles, has been reduced to just three private players and a state-run BSNL. Vodafone Idea(VI), which had been on a streak of adding customers, has now seen a decline in subscribers addition. According to the monthly subscriber data report from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), Vi has lost 1.8 million (18,10,620) subscribers in April. BSNL has also lost its subscribers as it still lags 4G networks in most telecom circles.
However, the competitors Jio and Airtel have managed to expand their subscribers’ base. Jio and Airtel have demonstrated their 5G technologies through beta testing at specific locations and keen on buying 5G spectrum as soon as it is available. Both the companies have also better 4G spectrum availability, due to which they are able to cater to more subscribers.
While VI, which has been struggling to raise funds, is also lagging in upgrading its network capacity. Also, it is not much keen on launching 5G services any time soon. Although last month it conducted a 5G testing in Pune and Gandhinagar with its network partners Nokia and Ericsson. VI has been struggling due to its low ARPU. It is also under massive debt and owes spectrum repayment. The only way VI can survive is to upgrade its network and increase its ARPU.
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