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1.33 million new mobile subscribers in May

09-June-2004
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1.33 million new mobile subscribers in May

The overall telephony base in the country saw an addition of 1.53 million new subscribers in May. This included 1.33 million mobile subscribers and 200,000 fixed-line subscribers.

At the end of May, the number of fixed-line connections in India stood at 43.18 million, while the mobile subscriber base grew to 36.3 million.

In the mobile segment, while operators using the Global System for Mobile (GSM) technology added 979,256 new subscribers, over 300,000 new subscribers were added by basic operators.

Bharti added around 320,000 subscribers in May, taking its subscriber base to 7,343,763.

Among the basic operators, Reliance added 272,728 mobile subscribers, which took its mobile subscriber base to over 7 million. It also added 72,413 fixed-line subscribers during the month.

For Tata Teleservices, May was a month of good business, as it showed an impressive rise in its subscriber base, adding around 140,000 new subscribers. It had shown negative growth in April.

Shyam Telelink, however, had another bad month as its mobile and wireless fixed-line subscriber base declined.

Hutch added over 200,000 subscribers in May, taking its total subscriber base to around 5.6 million. Idea also increased its subscriber base by more than 100,000.

Among the GSM service providers, Bharti retained the top rank, with more than 26 per cent of the market share, followed by Hutch with about 20 per cent market share. BSNL, with 19.63 per cent share, remained at the third position.

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