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RJio’s havoc continues – the only Indian MNO to grow its base

The entry of Reliance Jio (RJio) into the Indian mobile market sparked intensification of the country’s wave of consolidation, which many believed was long overdue, after years of falling ARPUs and an overcrowded operator landscape. However, the series of mergers and acquisitions has not produced a smaller set of stronger, more competitive operators – not yet, anyway. In September, RJio was still the only operator to win new mobile customers; while the country’s budding towerco business is under pressure from the reduced number of MNOs. According to the latest set of data from regulator TRAI RJio added a net figure of 13m subscribers during the month, to make a total of 252m. By contrast, Bharti Airtel, until recently the biggest…

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