Total GSM subscriber base reaches 1.05 billion in February; Bharti Airtel leads with 248.69 million users

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The total telecom subscriber base in the country has reached 1.05 billion, with Bharti Airtel leading the GSM subscriber addition for the month of February 2016.

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About 9 million subscribers were added during the month. Top operator Bharti Airtel added 2.9 million new users, followed by Vodafone (2.03 million) and Idea Cellular (1.46 million users) in February.

Reliance Communications and Aircel added 1.02 million and 0.62 million subscribers, respectively. State-run telecom service provider, BSNL added 1.25 million subscribers in February. However, Videocon Telecom lost 17,917 subscribers during the period and its base decreased to 67.27 lakh.

S. No. Name of Operator Telephone Connections (in Million)
Wired Line Wireless Grand Total
WLL GSM Total 
1 BSNL 14.78 1.42 83.87 85.29 100.07
2 Bharti Airtel 3.64 248.69 248.69 252.33
3 RCom 1.17 77.64 24.27 101.91 103.07
4 Vodafone Essar 0.04 196.75 196.75 196.79
5 Tata Indicom 1.71 60.28 60.28 61.99
6 Idea 174.63 174.63 174.63
7 Aircel 86.68 86.68 86.68
8 MTNL 3.51 0.13 3.55 3.67 7.18
9 Loop Mobile 0.00 0.00 0.00
10 Quadrant Televentures 0.25 3.13 3.13 3.38
11 Sistema Shyam 0.06 7.74 7.74 7.80
12 Uninor 51.68 51.68 51.68
13 Videocon 6.73 6.73 6.73
Total 25.17 150.33 876.83 1,027.17 1,052.33

Bharti Airtel now has 248.69 million customers, followed by Vodafone at 196.74 million subscribers and Idea at 174.62 million. BSNL was at sixth position and has 85.29 million subscribers behind Reliance Communications and Aircel with 101.91 million and 86.68 million subscribers. respectively.

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