The chief cause of that drop appears to be shrinking ARPU (average revenue per user) levels among mobile users as competition intensifies for GSM and CDMA operators alike. ARPU for GSM services dipped 10 percent quarter-on-quarter to INR185 (US$3.88) per month, while the ARPU for CDMA services fell 7.2 percent from the first quarter's average to INR92 (US1.93) per month.
Aircel isn't the only one using BSNL's towers -- Tata Teleservices Ltd. has also just struck a tower-sharing deal with the state-owned operator. (See Tata Strikes Tower Deal With BSNL.)
MTN, of course, has been hogging the headlines this week mainly because of the breakdown of its proposed merger with India's Bharti Airtel Ltd. (Mumbai: BHARTIARTL).
— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading