In October, Jio said it would charge interconnect usage charge from customers making calls outside the home network.
However, Jio said the full impact of that move would be visible in November numbers.
The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 1,195.24 million in September to 1,204.85 million in October, showing a monthly growth rate of 0.80 per cent. Urban telephone subscription increased from 677.95 million at the end of September to 681.69 million at the end of October. Rural subscription increased from 517.29 million to 523.16 million during the same period. The monthly growth rates of urban and rural subscription were 0.55 per cent and 1.14 per cent, respectively, during October.
Jammu & Kashmir showed negative growth of 0.39 per cent in wireless subscribers growth during the month as communication services remained suspended in the region with post-paid services restored in the second half of October. Madhya Pradesh service area showed maximum growth of 2.86 per cent in their wireless subscriber during the month.
Wireline subscribers declined from 21.49 million to 21.45 million. Net decline in the wireline subscriber base was 0.04 million with a monthly decline rate of 0.20 per cent. The share of urban and rural subscribers in total wireline subscribers were 87.49 per cent and 12.51 per cent, respectively.
The top five wired broadband service providers were BSNL (8.62 million), Airtel (2.40 million), Atria Convergence Technologies (1.49 million), Hathway Cable & Datacom (0.87 million) and Jio (0.79 million). The top five wireless broadband service providers were Jio (364.33 million), Airtel (130.45 million), Vodafone Idea (115.78 million), BSNL (13.64 million) and MTNL (0.20 million).