India Adds 8.77 Million GSM Subscribers in February 2012 – IDEA Leads
Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) today released India’s ‘GSM Subscriber Figures for February 2012.
IDEA Cellular tops in the new subscriber additions, added a total of 2.5 million new GSM subscribers followed by Uninor that lost licences in the SC’s 2G judgment, added the 2nd largest number of subscribers with 2.3 million in February. Idea Cellular now has more than 110 million GSM customers with a 16.8% market share.
According to the data released by COAI total 8.77 million new GSM subscribers added with 1.35% increase from previous month taking the all-India GSM cellular subscriber base to 656.86 million at the end of February 2012.
Videocon added 0.34 million new subscribers, posted the second highest growth rate of 5.97% in February. The user base of Videocon stood at 6.19 million.
Among the leading GSM Mobile Service Operators, Vodafone Essar added 838,000 new customers, boosting its subscriber base 149 million. Bharti Airtel notched up 1.8 million new subscribers during the month, taking its total base to 178.78 million.
State run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) ‘s new subscribers data is not reported yet. AIRCEL increased its base by over 0.79 million customers to take its subscriber base to 63.25 million. Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) added 38757 new users during the month, boosting its total base to 5.53 million at the end of Feb ’2011.
Please note : COAI GSM Subscriber base does not include the Reliance Communications (Rcom) and Tata Docomo’s GSM subscriber Base (same not submitted to COAI). While Pure CDMA operator MTS India said that it has added 0.23 million new customers in the month of Feb 2012, taking its total customer base to 15.43 million.