Despite disconnection drive by the leading service providers in the country, the GSM subscriber base increased by 0.24 million in the month of October this year. The report released by COAI said that the total number of GSM subscribers as of October, 2012 were 671.91 million.
India’s leading service provider Airtel has maintained its leadership with the addition of maximum 0.49 million subscribers in the month of October. Airtel’s market share has reached 27.74 percent with total 186.5 million subscribers in the country. Vodafone added 0.48 million subscribers in the month and now possess 22.79 percent market share. Its total subscriber base reached 153.1 million with sequential growth of 0.31 percent.
Idea Cellular added 0.24 million subscribers in October and took its subscriber base to 115.7 million. It’s market share has reached 17.22 percent. Aircel added 0.17 million subscribers in the month with 0.27 percent sequential growth. Aircel’s total subscriber base has reached 66.8 million with 9.97 percent market share.
Uninor was the biggest loser in terms of subscribers in the month of October. It lost 1.1 million subscribers due to license cancellation. Its parent company Telenor has recently bought spectrum in 6 circles under the newly-formed entity—Telewings. However, Uninor still serves to 41 million subscribers in the country and possesses 6.11 percent market share.
Videocon lost 0.6 million subscribers in the month and possesses 0.65 percent market share.
State-run MTNL has added 13,652 users in the month, 0.27 percent sequential growth. MTNL’s total subscriber base stood at 5.1 million. BSNL and Loop Mobile however failed to add any subscriber.