Cell subscriber base crosses 100-m mark

Cell subscriber base crosses 100-m mark

Author | Source: The Economic Times | Thursday, Jun 08,2006 6:28 AM

Cell subscriber base crosses 100-m mark

India's cellular subscriber base has crossed the 100m mark in May '06. Cellular operators, offering GSM, as well as CDMA services, added a total of 4.3m users during the month. While GSM operators roped in 3.2m users, rival CDMA operators, represented by the Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers (AUSPI), added 1.1m users.

The all-India GSM subscriber base grew from 72.2m in April '06 to 75.3m in May '06, registering a growth of 4.2% over the previous month according to the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), which represents GSM players. Bharti Airtel retained the top position among GSM players, adding 1.2m users.

Bharti's total user base reached 21.9m, with a market share of 29%. Public sector BSNL saw an addition of 0.4m users, taking its total subscriber figure to 18m and its total market share to 23.9%.BSNL was followed by Hutch, which added 0.7m new subscribers and a total user base of 16.7m.

Around 0.4m users signed up for Idea Cellular and the corresponding figure for MTNL was 0.1m. The chart for CDMA operators was led by Reliance Infocomm, which added 0.5m subscribers during the month, taking the total mobile user base to 19.3m.

Tatas added 0.6m new subscribers. With this, their total customer base has reached around 6m, according to AUSPI.

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