India Adds 6.50 Million New GSM Subscribers in April 2012 – Airtel Leads

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Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) today released India’s ‘GSM Subscriber Figures for April 2012.

Bharti Airtel tops in the new subscriber additions, added a total of 2.01 million new GSM subscribers followed by IDEA Cellular added the 2nd highest number of new subscribers with 1.49 million in April. Bharti Airtel now has 183.29 million GSM customers with a 27.33% market share.

According to the data released by COAI total 6.50 million new GSM subscribers added with 0.98% increase from previous month taking the all-India GSM cellular subscriber base to 670.57 million at the end of April 2012.

Among the leading GSM Mobile Service Operators, Vodafone India added 0.82 million  new customers, boosting its subscriber base 151.28 million. Uninor that lost  licences in the SC's 2G judgment, notched 1.12 million new customers. Its user base was at 42.55 million by April-end. AIRCEL added 1.01 million new customers and its subscriber base was at 63.59 million.

State run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) still did not submitted its monthly additions data to COAI.

Other Operators such as STel, Etisalat DB (Cheers Mobile) and Loop Telecom (except Loop Mobile -Mumbai) have announced shutting down of mobile services as earlier we shared on TelecomTalk and are now helping their users move to other operators through Mobile Number Portability (MNP).

Please note : COAI GSM Subscriber base does not include the Reliance Communications (Rcom) and Tata Docomo’s GSM subscriber Base (same not submitted to COAI). While Pure CDMA Operator MTS India (SSTL) announced that it has added 2,05,590 customers in the month of April 2012, taking its total customer base to 16,055,288.

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