The COAI, which represents carriers running GSM-based networks, said yesterday that its members expanded their combined subscriber base by 5.7 million -- up from 5.6 million in September.
The Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India (AUSPI) , which represents the country's CDMA carriers, has yet to release figures for last month, but Reliance Communications Ltd. (RCom) -- India's largest CDMA-based operator -- said Thursday that it signed up 1.51 million customers in October.
Table 1 shows subscriber numbers for the GSM operators plus Reliance. The AUSPI figures, when released, will include Tata Teleservices Ltd. and Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd.
Table 1: Mobile subscriber growth for October
|Operator||October additions||Total subscribers|
|Bharti Airtel||2.03 million||50.9 million|
|Vodafone-Essar||1.52 million||37.19 million|
|Reliance Communications||1.51 million||36.3 million|
|Idea Cellular||750,000||19.42 million|
|Spice Communications||90,000||3.57 million|
|BPL Mobile||*||1.2 million|
|Dishnet Wireless||*||2.75 million|
|* figures not available
Bharti Airtel Ltd. (Mumbai: BHARTIARTL), the country's largest telco, signed up 2.03 million subscribers during the month, taking its mobile subscriber base past the 50 million mark. Vodafone India is the second largest, with a subscriber base of 37.19 million after gaining 1.52 million customers.
State-run carrier Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) , whose growth has been held back by delays in expanding its network infrastructure, was able to add more than 727,000 subscribers, up from around 590,000 in September.
India now has more than 216 million mobile subscribers, up from 149.5 million at the end of 2006. (See Top 10 Emerging Mobile Markets .)
— Nicole Willing, Reporter, Light Reading