By September 13th, 2009 AT 2:25 PM

subbase-aug09Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has released the GSM subscriber base for August 2009 and, quite expectantly, new additions continue – however at  a slower rate. There has been a steady decline in the number of new GSM subscribers being added month on month: – 10.8 million (March 2009), 9.89 million (July 2009) and 9.74 million (August 2009).

While this trend may be an alarm bell for new entrants such as UNITECH WIRLESS, VODECON and ETISALAT DB (Swan) who are yet to launch their services , it is also an indicator of things to come for existing major operators AIRTEL, VODAFONE and IDEA once Mobile Number Portability (MNP) gets launched this December. With lesser number of  subscriber additions, its likely customers would move away from AIRTEL/VODAFONE/IDEA and go to newer players like TATA DOCOMO/AIRCEL/MTS who currently offer the cheapest local & STD call rates at rates as low as 1paise per second, and both extremeties of the charging pattern – PAY PER SECOND (for low-end users) and PAY PER CALL (for heavy users).

Below details of the base for each of the operators – JULY vs AUGUST 2009:

Operators Jul-09 Aug-09 New Subscribers: Market%
Bharti Airtel 105,177,635 107,996,533 2,818,898 32.20%
Vodafone Essar 78,680,291 80,874,460 2,194,169 24.11%
BSNL 50,700,367 52,056,417 1,356,050 15.52%
IDEA Cellular 48,516,824 50,058,471 1,541,647 14.92%
Aircel 23,080,079 24,380,080 1,300,001 7.27%
Reliance GSM 12,840,939 13,281,225 440,286 3.96%
MTNL 4,332,631 4,352,781 20,150 1.30%
Loop 2,350,537 2,417,446 66,909 0.72%
325,679,303 335,417,413 9,738,110

While AIRTEL, VODAFONE and BSNL remained in the TOP 3 GSM players, their respective market shares showed a decline over the previous month, with relatively-new entrants IDEA, AIRCEL & RELIANCE GSM displaying a positive movement in their respective shares:

Operators JUL 09 Share AUG 09 Share Gain %
Bharti Airtel 32.29% 32.20% -0.10%
Vodafone Essar 24.16% 24.11% -0.05%
BSNL 15.57% 15.52% -0.05%
IDEA Cellular 14.90% 14.92% 0.03%
Aircel 7.09% 7.27% 0.18%
Reliance GSM 3.94% 3.96% 0.02%
MTNL 1.33% 1.30% -0.03%
Loop 0.72% 0.72% 0.00%
100.00% 100.00%

Do check out the the GSM SUBSCRIBER Base which, with Sanjay Bafna’s help, will include CDMA operators details from now onwards:

The person behind Mobile Operator code, former telecom specialist.

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hello m from tamil nadu..n i hav full faith in evry product of tata.. its tata docomo who has cm up wit the per second billing.. becz tata is a honest brand n they wnt think of cheating th ecustoemr as othr service provider do..m geting a postpaid connection docomo..


in ODISHA !dea user is more than Tata docomo user..

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