According to the recent report by industry body COAI, the GSM subscriber base in the country grew by 1.78 million in August 2013 to reach a total of 674.41 million, thus registering a growth of 0.26% from previous month.Aircel leads the chart with addition of 0.88 million new subscribers, taking its total subscriber base to 62.60 million by August end.
Bharti Airtel, the market leader with 28.50 percent market share has added second highest number of GSM subscribers in August, 2013. During the month under review, the company added 0.83 million new subscribers, taking its total to 192.22 GSM subscribers.The Aditya Birla Group company, Idea Cellular added 0.75 million new subscribers, taking the total to 126.02 million ranking 3rd among the GSM operators with an 18.69 percent market share.Vodafone however continues losing its subscribers for second consecutive month. The company lost over 85,000 users from its network in August which led its base shrinking to 154.34 million. Uninor and state-run MTNL are the other two operators that lost subscribers in the month under review.