Reliance Jio to have largest subscriber base by end of FY20, forecasts rating agency

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 25, 2019 10:19 hrs
Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries Ltd, poses with his son Akash in Mumbai

New Delhi: Reliance Jio may turn out to be the largest telecom service provider in terms of subscribers by the end of the upcoming financial year, 2019-20, an expert with India Ratings and Research (Fitch Group) said on Thursday.

A presentation from the ratings agency showed that Jio would add one crore customers per month in the second half FY 2018-19 and 70 lakh per month in FY 2019-20.

"In terms of subscribers it will be neck-to-neck, but towards the end of FY20, such kind of scenario can prevail where Jio will have more than 30 per cent market share and others will have roughly 30 or a slightly lower number," said Tanu Sharma, Associate Director of India Ratings and Research said on con-call with reporters.

Latest data from TRAI showed that Reliance Jio had 27.16 crore subscribers by the end of November, with an addition of around 88.01 lakh during the month.

The largest service provider in terms of subscribers and revenue, Vodafone Idea had 42.11 crore subscribers as it lost around 65.26 lakh subscribers in November.

Sharma further said that the much awaited fifth-generation (5G) connectivity services are unlikely to be rolled out in a full-fledged manner in the next financial year.

"Any disruption due to 5G may not happen in the near term and may not happen in FY20, only the standards for 5G will be laid," she said.

"Industry may not witness any active participation in 5G spectrum auctions, because of several reasons. One is that they have their own other capex (capital expenditure) priorities. The immature ecosystem of 5G is the other constraint. The ecosystem has not evolved."



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