GSM and CDMA Mobile Subscriber Base Declines in September – 2012, Aircel and BSNL Leads in New Subscribers Additions

India’s mobile subscriber base (GSM and CDMA) decreased from 908.36 million in August 2012 to 906.62 million at the end of September 2012, registering a monthly negative growth of -0.19%.  Aircel and BSNL emerged as market leaders in new subscribers addition during the month amid the declining trend of mobile subscriber base of all GSM biggies like Airtel Vodafone and Idea.

This the th 3rd consecutive month where as decline registered in Wireless  (GSM and CDMA mobile) subscriber base of country and it is due to large scale disconnections of non-active subscribers by many operators.

According to TRAI, the biggest loss in user base came from Bharti Airtel and followed by all GSM Biggies – Vodafone India, Idea Cellular and CDMA operators Tata Docomo and MTS India

Bharti Airtel lost 9,816,21 Idea Cellular and Vodafone India  each lost 3,25,818 and 6,86,183 subscribers in September 2012. Aircel  and BSNL leading in the new subscriber additions. Aircel added 655,000 customers followed by BSNL which has added 3,93,016 new subscribers in September 2012.

Tata Docomo (GSM and CDMA) also lost over 2,76,238 customers, While Reliance Communications (Rcom) and Reliance Telecom (GSM and CDMA) has added over 2,13,444 users and Pure CDMA operators MTS India losses over 2,49,162 customers. National telecom back bone Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) added 3,93,016 GSM subscribers which is 2nd highest additions in the month of September  2012.

Mr.R K. Upadhyay, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) said “I am unable to recall if BSNL ever lead market in terms of new subscriber additions.

Addition of  second highest number of customers by BSNL in September acknowledges hard work of BSNL employees and improvement in the network.” 

Active Mobile Subscribers : Out of the total 906.62 million mobile subscribers,  only 698.96 million were active on the date of Peak VLR for the month of September 2012. The proportion of VLR subscribers is approximately 77.10% of the total wireless subscriber base reported by the service providers to TRAI.

Circle-wise Active Mobile Users : Circle-wise, Maharashtra has the highest proportion of VLR subscribers with 84.71% followed by J&K (84.55%) and Madhya Pradesh (81.99%); Tamil Nadu (including Chennai) has the lowest proportion with 68.58% in September 2012. 

Service Provider wise Active Mobile Users : Idea Cellular leads the tally with 94.46% followed by Bharti Airtel (91.83%) in September 2012.

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s. ramachandran
s. ramachandran
November 17, 2012 5:18 pm 5:18 PM

BSNL CAN DO EVEN BETTER IF IT’S TOP MANAGEMENT IS AUTONOMOUS . IT NEEDS SKILLED MANAGERS AT TOP LEVEL NOT BEUROCRATS. ITS SERVICE WILL ALSO IMPROVE AUTOMATICALLY.

Jayaprasad
Jayaprasad
November 15, 2012 7:25 pm 7:25 PM

bsnl giving good service

Arjun Chandrashekar
Arjun Chandrashekar
November 15, 2012 6:30 pm 6:30 PM

@Amit.G
tHE MAIN PART IS THAT AIRCEL IS PROVIDING 3G IN SOUTH KARNATAKA AND NOT IN NORTH FOR MORE DETAILS GO TO WIKIPEDIA – AIRCEL
AIRCEL IS GIVING 2G SERVICES USING TD ICRA AND HAS A NEGATIVE RESPONSE DUE TO THIS KIND OF ICRA AIRCEL IS SHUTTING OFF IT’S ICRA ONLY

GAURAV b
GAURAV b
November 14, 2012 3:31 pm 3:31 PM

@Tushar Gaikwad
+1
i use MTNL(BSNL) BROADBAND SERVICE and i’m totally fine with it. I pay Rs 450/pm and get kbps in day and mbps in night. as promised. moreover their 3g is dirt cheap. For Rs 2500 for 2 months you get unlimited 3g, with no FUP, and all over india roaming. I dont think that these private looters will even imagine to give such a service..

GAURAV
GAURAV
November 14, 2012 3:30 pm 3:30 PM

@Tushar Gaikwad
+1
i use MTNL(BSNL) BROADBAND SERVICE and i’m totally fine with it. I pay Rs 450/pm and get kbps in day and mbps in night. as promised. moreover their 3g is dirt cheap. For Rs 2500 for 2 months you get unlimited 3g, with no FUP, and all over india roaming. I dont think that these private looters will even imagine to give such a service.

Sudhakar
Sudhakar
November 12, 2012 7:45 pm 7:45 PM

Techfrick :

Unlimited 3G data (128 Kbps after FUP) is being provided by Aircel Tamilnadu. But there is no 3G coverage in my place. BSNL is not providing unlimited 3G plans with differential speed.

techfrick
techfrick
November 12, 2012 11:36 am 11:36 AM
Sudhakar : V.P.Guru : BSNL people neither accepting their fault nor providing a solution. Then think how much anger I will have on BSNL. They are billing for 24 hours, but there is no provision for 24 hours problem rectification (the people at 1500 and 1504 are useless). How will this become fair?. The say that 10 AM to 01:00 PM and 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM is their working hours. But no one attends the call (when I call to the SDE, SDO or DE) offine landline at 11 AM and at 04:30 PM. Atleast private operators call us… Read more »
arun kr singh
arun kr singh
November 12, 2012 10:47 am 10:47 AM

wat ever any operrators may complain but bsnl is the best.comletly clean & fair.

Sudhakar
Sudhakar
November 10, 2012 11:09 pm 11:09 PM
V.P.Guru : BSNL people neither accepting their fault nor providing a solution. Then think how much anger I will have on BSNL. They are billing for 24 hours, but there is no provision for 24 hours problem rectification (the people at 1500 and 1504 are useless). How will this become fair?. The say that 10 AM to 01:00 PM and 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM is their working hours. But no one attends the call (when I call to the SDE, SDO or DE) offine landline at 11 AM and at 04:30 PM. Atleast private operators call us and offer… Read more »
V.P.Guru
V.P.Guru
November 10, 2012 7:12 pm 7:12 PM
S.Sudhakar : To all : You didn’t unstand my point. They configured only 741 Kbps upload speed in their switch (for my connection). I will get the speed only according to the chosen plan and not according to the switch speed. So If they configure atleast 850 Kbps only I will get 100% speed of 768 Kbps. I don’t bother about the contention ratio. I must get the speed that I am promised for. Even I may have financial difficulties. Shall I pay only part of the broadband rental and forget about the remaining amount?. What do you say for… Read more »
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