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Cell subscriber base up at 2.7 cr; Bharti corners 25 per cent market

08-May-2004
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Cell subscriber base up at 2.7 cr; Bharti corners 25 per cent market

The GSM based mobile subscriber base has gone up by 9.94 lakh in April at 2.71 crore customers with Bharti group cornering almost one-fourth of the market with 67.58 lakh customers.

According to the latest subscriber base figures released by Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), subscriber additions during April was 9.9 lakh. This is a 28 per cent decline from the average January-March figures and a 34 per cent decline from March.

At 67.58 lakh user base, Bharti had a market share of 24.89 per cent in April. It added 2.54 lakh subscribers during the month.

Hutch occupied the second slot with a subscriber base of 53.88 lakh and a market share of 19.85 per cent. It added 2.3 lakh subscribers in April.

BSNL ended the month with a subscriber base of 53.55 lakh with a market share of 19.73 per cent. The net addition for BSNL in April was 1.2 lakh subscribers.

Idea Cellular notched a subscriber base of 28.14 lakh with a market share of over 10.37 per cent.

BPL cornered 20.17 lakh subscribers in April to have a market share of 7.43 per cent while state-owned mtnl which operates only in Delhi and Mumbai ended with a market share of 1.39 per cent with a subscriber base of 3.77 lakh.

Reliance’s April subscriber base was 3.19 lakh with a market share of 3.02 per cent.

Spice Telecom had a subscriber base of 12,46,844 with a market share of 4.59 per cent.

Aircel cornered a market share of 3.95 per cent in April with a subscriber base of 10.72 lakh, while Escotel ended the month with 10.31 lakh.

Hexacom had a subscriber base of 2.65 lakh in April.

In Delhi, the cellular subscriber base was up by 1.54 per cent to 32.90 lakh, while in Mumbai, the increase was 3.44 per cent at 29.27 lakh.

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