April 2010 Adds 11.18 Million New GSM Subscribers in India

Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has released the GSM subscriber base for April 2010 and, quite expectantly, new additions continue at an  average growth rate. The number of new GSM subscribers being added in April month 11.18 million as compared to at a monthly growth rate of 2.65%.

Among the GSM Mobile Service Operators, Vodafone  added 2.9mn new users in April, taking its total base to 103.8mn while market leader and largest GSM operator Bharti Airtel record the highest new additions of 3 million subscribers by growth rate of 2.35, its total base raised to 130.6mn.

Idea Cellular added 1.5mn new customers, boosting its subscriber base to 65.3mn, while Aircel increased its base by over 1.6mn to 38.5mn at highest growth rate from other incumbents. State operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) added 1.2mn new customers which are approx 50% less from last month, taking its reach to 64.7mn.

Loop Mobile added 49,928 new subscribers, taking its total to 2.8mn. Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) added 32,217 new customers, boosting its total base to 4.8mn. Uninor, the youngest GSM operators if India has added 0.75mn GSM subscriber while STel managed just 1,05.564 new subscribers from 3 circles. Etisalat DB which is not launched its commercial services yet but showing 4990 subscribers in 13 circles.

In terms of growth rate Uninor registered the highest growth of 17.77% with 5 million subscribers while Idea cellular recorded monthly additions at 2.29% with 1.4 million new subscribers. Market leader Bharti Airtel rocks this month and added highest new subscribers at growth of 2.35% and 3 million new subscribers while PSU BSNL recorded 1.98% growth with poor performance of 1.2 million new additions. Vodafone Essar managed a growth of 2.87% with 2.9 million new additions. Aircel continue registered growth of 4.36% and added 1.6mn new subscribers.

If we compare the circle-wise growth than Orissa and UP (East) circle managed the highest growth rate of 4.44% and 4.06% respectively while Jammu and Kashmir circle recorded negative growth rate of -2.28%.

GSM Opertaor wise % market share – April, 2010.

GSM OperatorTotal Subscriber base% Market Share% Growth Over previous month
Bharti Airtel13061948730.16%2.35%
Vodafone10375597823.96%2.87%
Idea Cellular6528824815.08%2.29%
BSNL6474498514.94%1.98%
Aircel384695418.88%4.36%
Reliance Telecom (RTL)*163112063.77%NA
MTNL48176701.11%0.69%
Uninor50216511.16%17.77%
Loop Mobile28945110.67%1.76%
Stel1123910.26%10.48%
Etisalat DB49900.00%NA
All India433040658100%2.65%

  • * Reliance Telecom Ltd (RTL)  figures will not be included from the month of April’2010 as the same is not being reported.

  • Data Source-: COAI

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  • Himanshu Panwar May 24, 2010 2:50 pm

    why tata indico and docomo is missed out in this list??

  • Abhijit May 24, 2010 12:42 pm

    Etisalat DB has 4990 subscriber base but in which circle it has launched it’s service!!

  • Sanjay Bafna May 24, 2010 10:40 am

    Pallavi :

    Videocon ? its GSM opertaor ? Why is it missing from the list. Are there figures worst than Etisalat DB ?

    Videocon did not submitted their GSM subscriber base/ figures to COAI

  • Pallavi May 24, 2010 10:34 am

    Videocon ? its GSM opertaor ? Why is it missing from the list. Are there figures worst than Etisalat DB ?

  • Emad May 23, 2010 4:20 pm

    Uninor is worst and cheater operator

  • Renish May 23, 2010 3:59 pm

    What happened to Tata Docomo, Tata Indicom, Reliance CDMA, Virgin, Videocon? Why they not included?

  • Max May 23, 2010 7:45 am

    Aircel has got good coverage & more number of towers than uninor, even in cities uninor has less towers. But uninor has best voice clarity compared to all opertors. it provides crystal clear network evn though signal is jus 1 point. Aircel also has good voice clarity but first place goes to uninor.

  • rajiev May 22, 2010 11:11 pm

    kya idea is clever telecom company or very poor?

  • Arjun.C May 22, 2010 7:41 pm

    IS AIRCEL IS BETTER THAN UNINOR IN NORTH KARNATAKA?

  • Max May 22, 2010 7:33 pm

    @Arjun.C
    may be but in north karnataka its network is not good.. Mesgs remain pending, late connectivity & slow internet speed.. in voice clarity it is good

  • Arjun.C May 22, 2010 4:33 pm

    @Max
    BUT MR.MAX AIRCEL IS HAVING SUPERIOR QUALITY NETWORK AT KOLAR, CHICKABALLAPUR, BANGALORE AND MYSORE DISTRICTS

  • akash May 22, 2010 3:57 pm

    See the overall result only one player who is doing really well tat’s Uninor
    17.77 % growth . amazing Telenor people really working on there values .

    Kudos to Uninor .

  • Max May 22, 2010 3:34 pm

    @Arjun.C
    ok ok actly mesgs won get delivered in time.. they remain pending & also GPRS speed is not tat goog.. 6KB/sec

  • Nitin May 22, 2010 1:34 pm

    Mr. Bafna,Will you please tell me the status of TATA DOCOMO’s Addition

  • Prasath J May 22, 2010 12:54 pm

    Vivek Ahuja :

    Sanjay Bafna :

    Vidyut :
    Mr.Sanjay Bafna I want to know that is it true MNP delaye 30th June to Sep

    Yes, Telecom ministry has given an ultimatum to telecom operators to implement mobile number portability by September-2010

    Mr. Bafna, what do u think, will MNP finally implement in SEP2010?

    Well, then Telecom operators have more time to think for next excuse to delay the MNP further…

  • mekalwin T May 22, 2010 11:49 am

    Airtel and vodafone both doing good as an old operator and uninor’s performance is best as new operator

  • Arjun.C May 22, 2010 10:49 am

    @Max
    How is Aircel in Hubli?

  • Vivek Ahuja May 22, 2010 10:49 am

    Sanjay Bafna :

    Vidyut :
    Mr.Sanjay Bafna I want to know that is it true MNP delaye 30th June to Sep

    Yes, Telecom ministry has given an ultimatum to telecom operators to implement mobile number portability by September-2010

    Mr. Bafna, what do u think, will MNP finally implement in SEP2010?

  • rajiev May 22, 2010 10:26 am

    airtel have just doulbe market share in fornt of idea cellular

  • Sameer From Kashmir May 21, 2010 9:32 pm

    Vodafone ka Network bohat hi acha hai jaraha hai kashmir mai but 1 problem hai unlimeted plan mai half an hour ke bad call cut. just 30min pe…. so bad Vodafone cust ko kush rakho…….. sab 1hour dete hai…..

  • Max May 21, 2010 9:31 pm

    Aircel added 57000 custmers where as IDEA only 30000 customers in karnataka..Idea cellular even though covers 15k towns in state is still failing to impress customers….Uninor is the slowest operator with poorest coverage in the state adding only 20000 customers… Wake up uninor cover rural areas fast & gain something..

  • Sameer From Kashmir May 21, 2010 9:25 pm

    Aircel phale J&K acha tha magar jab se usne apna Costomer Care Srinagar se Jammu Lehliya hai tabse aircel ka network bakwaas……..

    phale sab acha hota hai badme sabki siti biti gul

    aur J&K ka main market Kashmir Region hai not jammu. Costomers zada Kashmir mai hai. tao sab setups Srinagar mai hone chaiye even climate ke hisaab se b. cooling they can save electricity for main BTS.

  • AmitS May 21, 2010 9:24 pm

    March is the month of financial closing for companies. So there is very much chance of fake data and fake activation on fake Ids for achieving targets. Last month connections were available for 20 Rs. with talktime of 50-100. And some seller distribute these sim without IDs. Security Agencies should consider this for the sake of national security.

  • Shoeb May 21, 2010 9:22 pm

    where the hell is tata docomo?

  • Manoj Prashant May 21, 2010 9:18 pm

    MNP will not come in India as government is a puppet of big players.

  • Nikhit May 21, 2010 9:17 pm

    How come Etisalat DB has subscribers when it hasn’t launched? This is confusing, please clarify, I’m the 3rd to ask this…

  • Tecken May 21, 2010 8:46 pm

    So that 100 ml includes landline customers also

  • Arjun.C May 21, 2010 8:22 pm

    @rajiev
    yeah that’s right Aircel has got superior Network coverage Right now i have 2 AIRCEL SIM CARDS AND I WILL GET SUPERIOR QUALITY NETWORK IN MY HOME AND MY OFFICE

  • Sanjay Bafna May 21, 2010 8:16 pm

    Tecken :

    @Sanjaybafna
    bsnl has more than 100 ml users right ??
    In above u written only 60+ ml

    100mn is total subscriber base and 65mn is GSM subscribers base.

  • Ankur May 21, 2010 8:16 pm

    yr ye Etisalat DB kha service provide kr raha hai.

  • Mahmood Junaid May 21, 2010 8:08 pm

    airtel had added just 15000 new connections in kerala… slowest in kerala circle… really they had lost ground when docomo launched… airtel is now providing less coverage with high tariff in kerala circle…

  • Tecken May 21, 2010 8:03 pm

    @Sanjaybafna
    bsnl has more than 100 ml users right ??
    In above u written only 60+ ml

  • altaf May 21, 2010 7:42 pm

    How come etilsat DB in the list? not launched commercially yet.. I think it is testing community subscribers…

  • Sanjay Bafna May 21, 2010 7:29 pm

    Vidyut :

    Mr.Sanjay Bafna I want to know that is it true MNP delaye 30th June to Sep

    Yes, Telecom ministry has given an ultimatum to telecom operators to implement mobile number portability by September-2010

  • Vidyut May 21, 2010 7:17 pm

    Mr.Sanjay Bafana I want to know that is it true MNP delaye 30th June to Sep

  • Sanjay Bafna May 21, 2010 7:12 pm

    @Maheshkumar
    Videocon did not submitted their subscriber base yet to COAI

    @ChakshulSaroop.V.M Tata Docomo not disclosed their GSM subscriber base

  • ChakshulSaroop.V.M May 21, 2010 7:11 pm

    @Sanjay Bafna
    Tata Docomo,Virgin Mobile,videocon are GSM but it s not included

  • Maheshkumar May 21, 2010 7:08 pm

    can u add details about videocon

  • Sanjay Bafna May 21, 2010 7:08 pm

    mohan :

    mts?

    MTS is not GSM operator

  • ChakshulSaroop.V.M May 21, 2010 7:08 pm

    Where Is Tata indicom & docomo ?

  • mohan May 21, 2010 7:03 pm

    mts?

  • rajiev May 21, 2010 6:50 pm

    aircel add more customer than idea cellular