• 21:12 Jul 21, 2019

Advertisement

Jio installs 3X more towers than Airtel To connect Indian Villages

By: The Mobile Indian network, New Delhi Last updated : February 27, 2019 12:09 pm

Reliance Jio, on an average, has installed a telecom tower in every second village as against one in ten villages by BSNL. All other operators including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular have put up a telecom tower in every fifth village.
Advertisement

Taking the government of India's wishes to provide mobile connectivity to every village in the country, Reliance Jio has installed more telecom towers in rural areas than any other telecom operators including state run operator BSNL.

 

As per a recent government data, Reliance Jio, on an average, has installed a telecom tower in every second village as against one in ten villages by BSNL. All other operators including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular have put up a telecom tower in every fifth village.

Advertisement

 

At the end of November 2018, Reliance Jio had 2,63,775 telecom towers installed in 4,85,297 villages where it has offered services whereas Airtel had just 96,032 towers in rural areas covering 5,10,362 villages. Similarly, Vodafone Idea cover 471693 villages with 101704 towers. BSNL, the state-run operator, covers 430934 villages with just 43239 telecom towers, a report tabled in the parliament revealed.

 

  FY2017 FY2018 FY2019
Operators Villages Towers Villages Towers Villages Towers
BSNL 416882 39694 427445 41508 430934 43239
Airtel 507676 91027 509203 93122 510362 96032
Vodafone 376771 75708 378891 74815 471693 101704
Jio 180049 92156 394041 168891 485297 263755
Idea 388339 73396 386968 73002 471693 101704

 

It is also interesting to know that Reliance Jio has expanded its rural telephony presence at a much faster than its competitors like Airtel, Vodafone Idea and BSNL. In the year 2017, Jio's services covered 180049 villages, and by the end of November 2018, the Mukesh Ambani-led firm has reached out to 485297 villages. 

 

Compare that to Airtel - its services were present in 507676 villages by March 2017 and by November 2018, it extended its services to close to another 3000 villages taking the total tally to 510362. 

 

Vodafone Idea, the biggest telco now by the number of subscribers, was present in 388339 villages by March 2017 and by November 2018, it was present in 471693 villages, extending it to 83354 in last three years.

 

Summing it up, in last three years, Airtel has extended its mobile services to 2686 villages, Vodafone Idea has extended to 83354 villages, BSNL has extended to 14052 villages, whereas Jio has extended the same to 305248 villages.

 

Perhaps this is the reason the Mukesh Ambani-led firm can provide mobile connectivity in almost all the locations in the country. As per a recent report,   as of December 2018, Jio's 4G services are available in 99.3% of the country's location making it the leader in Indian telecom space.

 

 

You might like this

Tags: Rural telephony mobile services in villages Bharti Airtel Reliance Jio telecom towers

You might like this

Matched Content

 

0 Comments

Login with