Aircel Adds Highest Number of GSM Subscribers in August followed by Airtel; Vodafone Loses : COAI

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.

Gsm Subscriber Base August 2013

COAI Gsm Subscriber Base August 2013

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.

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September 23, 2013 5:24 pm 5:24 PM

Vodafone provides worst 3G service in my area. I too Port into Idea 3G. Idea provides better 3G services than vodafone.

September 22, 2013 11:05 am 11:05 AM

in addhra pradesh …aircel gives FRC 2 = LOCAL/STD 1P/2SEC & AIRCEL TO AIRCEL FREE 5AM TO 5 PM ,MORENING 3G PACK 6AM TO 9AM

September 21, 2013 8:25 pm 8:25 PM

I am from west bengal circle, Raychak, here aircel also rocksss, good network and best tariff, but so sad here every provider provides very low 2g speed 10-15 kbps from airtel to aircel. even so sad any provider not launched 3g network here till now, india is so backdated country in the world.

Kaushik Roy
September 21, 2013 6:05 pm 6:05 PM
For Kolkata Vodafone Prepaid Users, get one month additional validity period by USSD Vodafone RC 49 pack – which provides all local & std @ 35 paise/min for 60 days for last 12 months. This pack can be activated by dialing *111*7# and choosing all call bonus pack Rs 49 will be deducted from main balance. So minimum Rs 50 main balance should be required for activating this pack. I am using it for last 12 months. Others can also try it to check whether the offer is there or not on their numbers.. I tried on 4-5 vodafone prepaid… Read more »
Kaushik Roy
September 20, 2013 11:17 pm 11:17 PM
Special tariff vouchers in Kolkata (GSM only) Airtel and Vodafone – RC 65 – local 1.2p/2s for 30 days Reliance – RC 52 – local 1.2p/2s for 30 days BSNL – RC 44 – local 1.2p/2s for 30 days and RC 122 – local 1.2p/2s for 90 days Idea – RC 34 – local 1.2p/2s for 30 days Aircel- RC 13 – local 1.2p/2s for 45 days from the above aircel is cheapest in kolkata but in coverage and quality its worst in kolkata people are moving towards other operator than aircel since with STV per month of 30-65 they… Read more »
September 21, 2013 8:58 am 8:58 AM

since docomo is present in koklkata you can enquire about dual pack std and local since in mp docomo is providing dual pack at 66 for 60 days
call rate is 1.5p/2s after activating it

Kaushik Roy
September 21, 2013 11:00 am 11:00 AM

I am using vodafone RC 49 pack – which provides all local & std @ 35 paise/min for 60 days for last 12 months.
This pack can be activated by dialing *111*7# and choosing all call bonus pack
Rs 49 will be deducted from main balance. So minimum Rs 50 main balance should be required for activating this pack.
Normal Bonus card 49 will give all local 40 paise/min and all STD 35 paise/min for 30 days – same as airtel RC 49

September 21, 2013 2:25 pm 2:25 PM

Dada ur right i use docomo in Madhay pradesh circle above mention is offered in my circle vodafone dosent offer any such offer in my circle i.e dual pack nor airtel. aircel has wirthdrawn from my circle.

September 21, 2013 5:32 pm 5:32 PM

i’m from up west and uninor coverage is also decent here and they provide me @RC19 all local call @1.2/2sec

Kaushik Roy
September 20, 2013 10:56 pm 10:56 PM

Vodafone doing the right thing by reducing inactive customers from its data base
If every operator follow this method then all operator will lose customers than addition
because number of inactive customers are more than new connections added
It will help the operators to increase Average Revenue Per User
MTNL also doing the same by reporting negative customers

September 20, 2013 9:37 pm 9:37 PM

So airtel 3g on 2g data offer expired on 27 august. Sad but wait…..

I have come to know that airtel and vodafone are going to launched unified 2g and 3g pack very soon. So lets wait and pray.

September 20, 2013 6:06 pm 6:06 PM

Bro I know how to change network operator by manual search but I don’t know how to check available towers please explain… I have a huwaei e1732 unlocked modem and MDMA software…. Pls explain

September 20, 2013 8:44 pm 8:44 PM
Bro, every BTS has its own unique identity called the Cell ID. In MDMA you can check it on top at about center below the RSSI. If it changes the it make sure that you are receiving signal from two or more cell sites. Connect to Internet and see whether you find any difference in speed on different cell site. If yes then remember the number of that cell ID and whenever you get ID of other try to change the position of the modem so that it latches on the one with better speed. For me XXX72 provides better… Read more »
abhishek chatterjee
September 20, 2013 1:41 am 1:41 AM

aircel rockzzzzz…. super……..!!
i dwnld 15GB to 20GB per month on aircel 2G network..
i recharge Rs198 (earlier Rs128) unlimited 3G plan..
aircel gives 30kbps+ dwnld speed constantly n approx 256kbps surfing speed on 2G network…… in 3G i got 420kbps+ dwnld speed in 3G network.

September 20, 2013 11:29 am 11:29 AM

That is totally impossible. Which circle are you talking about?. There is not even a single operator in India which gives 100% EDGE speed (236 Kbps) to each and every user in all the telecom circles.

September 21, 2013 2:08 pm 2:08 PM

Im from chennai, im using airtel 2g in motorola XT389..testing the speed in app it shows 230Kbps (class 12) downloads @ 28-29KB/s. Even Vodafone Gives me around 200Kbps.
Rest other networks are speed capped, S.Sudhakar please first try to use all network’s gprs and try to comment here…!!XD
Even i could post the images here so that you could belive the gprs speed.

September 21, 2013 8:39 pm 8:39 PM

Did you see my words – ‘each and every user in the circle’?. If only you are getting the normal speed, that doesn’t mean that network is fine.

Using Tamilnadu Aircel SIM in Chennai :
In Nokia N8-00 I never got even 15 KB/s** stable (as download speed) using Tamilnadu Aircel SIM in Chennai. It is always varying. But the browsing speed (mobile sites like yahoo mail, gmail, facebook etc) is fast compared to Tamilnadu Aircel.

** means without any background apps running and tested in strong coverage area.

September 21, 2013 9:29 pm 9:29 PM

I agree with you…!! Even my friends ported their sim from aircel due to capping of speed….!! Before 3 years when aircel introduced MY POCKET INTERNET pack, the download never goes beyond 5KB/s.

abhishek chatterjee
September 20, 2013 10:31 pm 10:31 PM

m living in jharkhand. here all operators give 256kbps EDGE speed expect uninor.

September 20, 2013 1:45 pm 1:45 PM
Ambala, Haryana @S. Sudhakar, I’ve told you many times before that many operators are providing average speed upto 256 Kbps and even more on constant basis but it depends on the area where service is being used. Here Vodafone, Videocon, Tata Docomo, Idea, Aircel, Airtel all are providing me over 240 Kbps speed and that too on average. EDGE maximum speed is not 236 Kbps. It is 236Kbps only with Class 12 devices. It is 472 Kbps in India and may users have got over 360-400 Kbps on their Nokia phones having EDGE class 34. With Vodafone I got 280Kbps… Read more »
abhishek chatterjee
September 20, 2013 10:57 pm 10:57 PM

@Saurabh.. yup.. sourabh u r 101% right….

September 20, 2013 7:27 pm 7:27 PM

I get 250+ kbps ( download speed of 30-40 kBps ) with IDM speed in edge of Vodaone network here in Murshidabad district of West Bengal all the time using my Nokia 2730 classic phone as modem for laptop.
But with with my Beetel BG-64 data card i get 200+ kbps speed with the same sim.
Vodafone is giving me 1GB @ Rs.69 and 2G @ Rs.136 for 30 days under their special offers scheme.
So Vodafone is best for me.
BSNL and Airtel have 3G network here but their plans are very costly.

September 20, 2013 3:06 pm 3:06 PM

The statistical data provided by COAI showing there are only 11000 subscribers remained in Haryana so I thought Aircel is closed in Haryana. I am from Andhra Pradesh and Aircel closed its operations in 7districts completely and vizag city also don’t have signal but in these districts some Tata towers are used to provide signal to Aircel while I’m on national highway near my area I used to get Tata tower working for Aircel but in my town even Tata is providing full signal it won’t allow Aircel sims on its network…

September 20, 2013 3:39 pm 3:39 PM
@reddy, Yes they scaled down their operations in Haryana in Dec, 2012 and latching on Tata network was stopped in Jan-Feb, 2013 or may be it was March as they provided time to users for port-out. But at my place they have their own BTS which is running from 2010-11. As services were brought down i.e why recharges were stopped. I got talk-time from other circle (Punjab) using talk-time transfer facility and activated the pack using the balance. Aircel towers are still live at many places in Haryana. The figure of 11,092 users may or may not be true. But… Read more »
September 20, 2013 4:05 pm 4:05 PM

Thanks for the reply… Why don’t u use online recharge facility provided by them…I’ve just checked Aircel Kerala and Haryana websites. Kerala website doesn’t contain any rate cutters but Haryana site contains rate cutters. So why are u not using online recharge facility by Aircel or sites like paytm. …

September 20, 2013 4:50 pm 4:50 PM
Before even rate cutters used to show nothing but now it is showing two packs of 1298 and 2499 and no description about it. Maybe some error as who will buy these costly packs. But I don’t need rate cutter as voice calls are being charged at 1p/s only all over India from my number. I will keep following the same method I did this time i.e recharge my cousin number in Punjab from my end and ask him to transfer balance. He actually don’t use Aircel at all and had bought SIMs for freebies a year ago. I have… Read more »
September 20, 2013 4:33 pm 4:33 PM
@reddy, Bro I did tried in December and even every month before asking my cousin to transfer talk-time. There are 3 denominations available 50/100/500 but none of them really work. After I do everything i.e making payment, I receive message that recharge was not successful and same message arrives on mobile too. It also shows that payment will be refunded to bank account if deducted but no payment gets deducted. I tried from every website PayTM, Mobikwik but it don’t recharge at all and money gets deposited to wallets which I use for other numbers. This talk-time transfer is only… Read more »
September 20, 2013 3:21 pm 3:21 PM

So there may be a possibility of one or two Aircel towers in Kerala because it has 4000subscribers

September 20, 2013 3:51 pm 3:51 PM

It can be as they are allowing others to port out and shutting down BTS. In April they reported a -25000 numbers in Haryana and since then customers are same at 11,092. In Kerala too they reported -25000 this month. Gujarat, UP (W) and MP data is also same from April. May be from next month you keep getting the same numbers without any change. 🙂

The thing is now from April they are not reporting numbers for Gujarat, Haryana, MP and UP(W) and from next month Kerala will stay unchanged.

September 20, 2013 2:26 pm 2:26 PM

Could you name a few class 34 Edge smartphones available in india.Is iphone 5 having class 34 standard

September 20, 2013 4:26 pm 4:26 PM
There were few from Nokia based on Symbian OS and my N8 was one of them and it had a Class A specification means I was able to use both Voice and Data at same time. When I used to receive call or send text, the Internet connection kept working. Class B and Class C devices allow only one at a time. When you are using voice they put data on hold. Don’t know about other brands having same class 34. Some are still with Class 12. But Nokia phones launched after 2008 had Class 32 and after 2010 it… Read more »
September 20, 2013 2:23 pm 2:23 PM

You are talking this much know?.
The below proves that India is technologically slum in terms of technology implementation. Shame on indian telecom.
Can you point out a single operator who is giving 100% class 12 (236 Kbps) speed to each and every user in all the telecom circles?.

September 20, 2013 3:42 pm 3:42 PM


September 20, 2013 4:16 pm 4:16 PM

The 2G speed (in class 12 mobile) of all operators in Tamilnadu is below 15 KB/s even in city limit with strong coverage.

September 20, 2013 4:08 pm 4:08 PM
@Sudhakar, For this to happen they need to double the number of BTS which will increase their cost and finally we have to shell out more and more. You always shout by taking in some facts but you have to understand that if companies start building up infrastructure for every 50-100 customers, they will never be able to recover cost. I mean not all the time people are using Internet. There is a time after midnight when average user per tower falls to as low as 15 only and at that point of time all the 15 can get same… Read more »
September 19, 2013 11:50 pm 11:50 PM
Aircel adding subscribers all india wise,sometimes leading than voda,airtel in some places like in Aug.kol voda lost 47,721 consumers in kolkata,aircel adds 1,44,782 new entries as per coai report,but they are not considering customers problem,they are adding revenue to their pocket but not caring about their horrible,poor network coverage in & around Calcutta…disgusting call break,call drop,no network coverage in important urban areas in the city of joy…..repeated complaint to the higher most authority(appellate.etc.)doesn’t bother them.Regarding the connectivity of my aircel no.(ported from idea to aircel from their own store)as per their advice i changed the sim,after replacing the sim i… Read more »
Kaushik Roy
September 20, 2013 11:14 pm 11:14 PM
Special tariff vouchers in Kolkata (GSM only) Airtel and Vodafone – RC 65 – local 1.2p/2s for 30 days Reliance – RC 52 – local 1.2p/2s for 30 days BSNL – RC 44 – local 1.2p/2s for 30 days and RC 122 – local 1.2p/2s for 90 days Idea – RC 34 – local 1.2p/2s for 30 days Aircel- RC 13 – local 1.2p/2s for 45 days from the above aircel is cheapest in kolkata but in coverage and quality its worst in kolkata people are moving towards other operator than aircel since with STV per month of 30-65 they… Read more »
Sumit Roy
September 20, 2013 7:31 am 7:31 AM
Yes Mr. Banerjee… I am also from Kolkata..and I was an aircel customer from Sept 2012 to 18th Sept 2013 and like you I was damn frustrated about aircel regarding their network. Here are some points which are 100 % applicable for Kolkata (Atleast) 1. Call Drops 2. No Coverage in open spaces sometimes 3. No Coverage in all most every metro railway station 4. Customer Care of Aircel is the Worst of worsest … if some one able to get connected finally with the agent then the agent starts behaving like the problem is nothing and it will be… Read more »
September 20, 2013 10:32 pm 10:32 PM

i am preparing about those issues to fight with them at least on principal,i am preparing a letter to mr.sanjeev garg(business head aircel,cal+w.b circle)…i request people like you to join hand with me & send him some more fact showing end customer letter describing such issues to him,i hope if we can together we will win,at least i believe,since he is the present head something good will definitely happen to consumer like us..!!…at least i’ll not spare them,i’ll take these issues to DOT & Public grievance cell of parliament (p.g.- cabinet secretariat)through p.g website

Sumit Roy
September 21, 2013 10:42 pm 10:42 PM

Are you mad ! stop acting like this… this is all about a simple cheap network.. so why you are wasting your time ! This is not about cash loan golds cars or neither your health ..toh etar jonno eto kichu korar ki dorkar…leave it … it is already a bakwas network.. let it be bakwas..
Let me tell you one simple thing…cheap networks like Aircel Uninor are for students mainly and some times for couples also.. But I believe there are so many alternative open for couples.. so unless you are a student dont let aircel become your headache

September 21, 2013 11:37 pm 11:37 PM

arey vai sumit aircel’er call rate taa to khubi shasta…tai jannei..i am trying….in my area i asked some other people,they are saying they are satisfy with aircel,no such network issues with them…are they lieing…?…i don’t know…hpow it can be possible….as well as you i am suffering & they are saying no issues with aircel…we live in same area & location is also same…!!


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