India adds 8.2 million GSM mobile subscribers in March alone, Airtel 2.90 millionÂ
Mobile penetration in the Indian market is going up at blazing fast speed. If figures are to be believed GSM mobile operators added as many as 81.9 lakh new subscribers to their networks in the month of March alone. This is simply surprising, though the report is authentic and has been released by none other than Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI).
With 81.9 lakh new customers, the number of total GSM cellular subscribers’ user base now stands at 70.52 crore. There are also a large number of CDMA users in the country and many crore people use CDMA network.
In a press release the COAI said, â€œAll India GSM cellular subscriber figures as of March stood at 70.52 crore. The GSM subscribers increased by 81.9 lakh in March, a 1.17 per cent increase from previous monthâ€. The GSM subscriber base stood at 69.70 crore at the end of February. COAI, which represents telecom players like Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular and Aircel said the data does not include GSM subscriber number of Reliance Communications and Tata Teleservices. It has also stopped reporting the GSM numbers of state-run BSNL. Reliance Jio Infocomm had also joined the body but the company is yet to start telecom services.
The biggest chunk of the addition went to Airtel. Country’s largest telecom operator Bharti Airtel added 28.97 lakh subscribers to take its overall base to 22.60 crore during the month. Idea Cellular added 23.54 lakh users and its base stood at 15.78 crore whereas Vodafone added 13.58 lakh subscribers to take its base to 18.38 crore at the end of March. Aircel added 8.64 lakh subscribers and its base increased to 8.13 crore while Uninor also added 4.63 lakh users to take its base to 4.56 crore at the end of reported period. State-run MTNL added 19,353 subscribers and its base has increased to 34.23 lakh. Videocon also added 2.30 lakh users to take its base to 71.33 lakh.