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Mobile base crosses 3-cr mark in Feb

06-March-2004
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Mobile base crosses 3-cr mark in Feb

The wireless subscriber base (including global system of mobile and code division multiple access) has crossed the 3-crore mark as on February end. Out of the total wireless base of 3.14 crore, while 2.46 crore are global system of mobile communications (GSM)-based subscribers, 67.5 lakh are code division multiple access (CDMA)-based subscribers. That is, 78 per cent subscribers are based on GSM standard and the rest are based on CDMA standard. GSM and CDMA are two competing tech standards for wireless service provision.

According to the latest data of Association of Basic Telecom Operators and Cellular Opera-tors Association of India, the operators have added a net of 16.32 lakh wireless subscribers in February. The numbers exclude fixed wireless (CDMA) subscribers figure of the month.

As for net wireless subscriber additions during the month, while GSM-based operators added 12.8 lakh subscribers, CDMA-based wireless operators added 3.45 lakh subscribers. Out of the total net additions, 79 per cent are GSM-based where as 21 per cent are CDMA-based. The private CDMA-based operators also added 1.12 lakh fixed wireless subscribers and 33,291 fixed line subscribers in February.

In the GSM segment, Bharti has the highest subscriber base with 61.99 lakh, followed by BSNL with 49.54 lakh. Hutchison ranks third with 48.26 lakh subscribers.

In the CDMA wireless and fixed wireless segment, Reliance Info leads with 65.1 lakh subscribers out of which 4.47 lakh are fixed wireless users. Reliance is followed by Tata Teleservices with 15.8 lakh subscribers including 5.9 lakh fixed wireless subscribers.

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