September 2009 Sees 9.01 Million New GSM Subscribers Added

September 2009 Sees 9.01 Million New GSM Subscribers AddedCellular Operators Association of India (COAI) recently shared the GSM base figures for September 2009 and it comes as no surprise to see that GSM Subscriber growth has slowed down even further… the healthy growth of 10.8 million subscribers (March 2009) is a thing of the past and recent numbers of 9.89 million, 9.74 million and 9.01 million have been haunting Telecom analysts since July, August and September, respectively.

While the total no. of GSM users reported by COAI increased from 335.42 million to 344.43 million (individual operator split below) the Top 5 gainers in terms of net subscriber additions were Bharti Airtel (25.14 lacs), Vodafone-Essar (19.71 lacs), Idea Cellular (13.95 lacs) closely followed by BSNL (13.02 lacs) and Aircel (12.93 lacs).

Operators Aug-09 Sep-09
Bharti Airtel 107,996,533 110,511,416
Vodafone Essar 80,874,460 82,846,046
BSNL 52,056,417 53,358,992
IDEA Cellular 50,058,471 51,454,402
Aircel 24,380,080 25,673,515
Reliance GSM 13,281,225 13,723,380
MTNL 4,352,781 4,369,502
Loop 2,417,446 2,495,087
TOTAL BASE REPORTED 335,417,413 344,432,340

While the subscriber additions may look encouraging, a closer look at the GSM Market share (basis the figures reported by COAI) show a decline in the stake of the leading telcos – Bharti Airtel (-0.11%), Vodafone-Essar (-0.06%) and BSNL (-0.03%). The biggest gainer continues to be Aircel (+0.19%) in spite of the fact that it has not had any launces since the Maharashtra-Goa circle rollout.

Operators Aug-09 Sep-09
Bharti Airtel 32.20% 32.09%
Vodafone Essar 24.11% 24.05%
BSNL 15.52% 15.49%
IDEA Cellular 14.92% 14.94%
Aircel 7.27% 7.45%
Reliance GSM (old) 3.96% 3.98%
MTNL 1.30% 1.27%
Loop 0.72% 0.72%
TOTAL MARKET 100.00% 100.00%

NOTE: Data of CDMA Operators Reliance, Tata Indicom & MTS are not a part of this story which is on the GSM growth. Also, data for Reliance GSM (new circles) and Tata DoCoMo has not been shared by COAI.

You can read earlier stories on the June, July and August 2009 GSM Subscriber base growth by clicking on any of the month names.

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October 24, 2009 12:01 pm 12:01 PM

And also bsnl hs gained many new customers now

October 24, 2009 11:55 am 11:55 AM

Lot nd l.ot of improvement shown by idea and aircel….

October 24, 2009 11:37 am 11:37 AM

its all abt competetion, idea initially were to launch by oct but postponed it to dec, but they have to launch by oct in a haste decision and a bid to foil the market of docomo.
so it is tough time for both