According to stats from the Cellular Operators Association of India and Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India (AUSPI) , which represent the country's GSM and CDMA operators respectively, India had a total of 282 million mobile subscribers at the end of June, of which 212.51 million were served by GSM-based networks and 69.49 million were CDMA-based.
Table 1: Mobile subscriber additions, June & H1
|June subscribers||May subscribers||Additions||December 2007 subscribers|
Data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) today shows the total wireless subscriber base at 286.86 million when wireless local loop connections are included.
Table 2 shows the breakdown of subscribers by operator. (See A Guide to India's Telecom Operators.)
Table 2: June subscriber additions by carrier
|Carrier||June subscribers||June additions|
|*Estimate, as Reliance Communications didn't break out numbers for its Reliance Telecom subsidiary in June|
Market leader Bharti Airtel Ltd. (Mumbai: BHARTIARTL) added 2.56 million new subscribers in June to take its subscriber base to 69.38 million. (See Subs Growth Drives Bharti, IDEA Revenues.)
CDMA-based Reliance Communications Ltd. (RCom) and its GSM-based Reliance Telecom network added 1.74 million to push the company's combined subscriber base past the 50 million mark at 50.79 million. Vodafone India came close behind with 1.73 million new customers for a total of 49.1 million.
BPL Mobile , which operates only in the Mumbai area, saw a large jump in its monthly additions, signing up 47,210 new customers in June compared with 17,475 new customers signed up in May.
A few other carriers reported a drop in new subscriber additions -- Idea Cellular Ltd. added 1.05 million customers in June compared with 1.1 million in May; Aircel Ltd. added 432,857 in June, down from 500,000 in May; and Spice Telecom , which is in the process of merging with IDEA, added just 50,195 new subscribers in June compared with 130,000 in May.
State-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) added 365,479 new subscribers, a slight improvement on May, when it signed up 314,000 users, but it is well below the larger operators from which it hopes to regain market share. The carrier has recently delayed opening the bids on its equipment contracts for 93 million lines. (See BSNL Delays New GSM Tender.)
— Nicole Willing, Reporter, Light Reading
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