Mumbai: Uninor, one of the new entrants in India’s highly competitive telecom sector has added the most subscribers among private telecom operators during September, despite operating only in 13 of the total 22 telecom circles in the country.
At about 2.3 million net additions, state run BSNL had the highest subscribers additions during September. All GSM operators together added about 12.4 million subscribers during the month, taking the GSM subscriber base to 494 million.
According to data released by cellular operators association, Uninor has added 2.2 million new subscribers in September, compared to 2 million by Bharti Airtel, the country’s largest operator, 1.8 by Vodafone Essar Ltd and 1.4 by Idea Cellular Ltd.
At the end of September, Uninor’s total subscriber base stands at 11.2 million, crossing the milestone of 10 million subscribers in nine months since its launch of operations in the country. Uninor is owned by the Norway based world’s 6th largest mobile services provider Telenor Group and India’s second largest diversified real estate major Unitech Ltd. The Telenor Group paid Rs6135.63 crores for a 67.25% majority stake in the company.
”This is the second consecutive month where Uninor crossed the 2 million new subscriber mark,” company said in a statement on Friday. As stated earlier, our long-term ambition is to establish ourselves among the top 6 operators in each of our circles,” said Sigve Brekke, nominated managing director of Uninor. ”There is some distance to go till we reach that goal, but we are encouraged by the customer response and are making good progress towards it.