GSM phone subscribers grow 3.25 percent in December

January 19th, 2011 - 9:38 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) India’s GSM phone subscriber base has grown 3.25 percent in December with the addition of 17.1 million subscribers, taking the total number to 543 million, according to data released by the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI). State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam ltd (BSNL) added 3.2 million subscribers to have a total of 81.4 million customers. Telecom giant Bharti Airtel followed next with an addition of over 3.1 million subscribers to have a total number of 152.5 million subscribers.

Another telco, Vodafone Essar, also added 3.1 million subscribers to take its total to 124.26 million while Aditya Birla Group’s Idea Cellular added 2.95 million users to take its total user base to 81.8 million.

While Aircel added 1.42 million customers to take its subscriber base to 50.16 million, Uninor a joint venture between India’s Unitech and Norway’s Telenor, also showed remarkable growth by adding over 2.3 million subscribers, taking its total to 18.5 million.

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