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 Operator Total Subscriber base % Market Share % Growth Over previous month
Bharti Airtel 130619487 30.16% 2.35%
Vodafone 103755978 23.96% 2.87%
Idea Cellular 65288248 15.08% 2.29%
BSNL 64744985 14.94% 1.98%
Aircel 38469541 8.88% 4.36%
Reliance Telecom (RTL)* 16311206 3.77% NA
MTNL 4817670 1.11% 0.69%
Uninor 5021651 1.16% 17.77%
Loop Mobile 2894511 0.67% 1.76%
Stel 112391 0.26% 10.48%
Etisalat DB 4990 0.00% NA
All India 433040658 100% 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
Himanshu Panwar
May 24, 2010 2:50 pm 2:50 PM

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

Abhijit
Abhijit
May 24, 2010 12:42 pm 12:42 PM

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

Pallavi
Pallavi
May 24, 2010 10:34 am 10:34 AM

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

Emad
Emad
May 23, 2010 4:20 pm 4:20 PM

Uninor is worst and cheater operator

Renish
Renish
May 23, 2010 3:59 pm 3:59 PM

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

Max
Max
May 23, 2010 7:45 am 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
rajiev
May 22, 2010 11:11 pm 11:11 PM

kya idea is clever telecom company or very poor?

Arjun.C
Arjun.C
May 22, 2010 7:41 pm 7:41 PM

IS AIRCEL IS BETTER THAN UNINOR IN NORTH KARNATAKA?

Max
Max
May 22, 2010 7:33 pm 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

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