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9.53 mn GSM users added in May: COAI

9.53 mn GSM users added in May: COAI
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First Published: Mon, Jun 20 2011. 03 50 PM IST
Updated: Mon, Jun 20 2011. 03 50 PM IST
New Delhi: Indian GSM telecom operators added 9.53 million subscribers in May, taking the all-India GSM cellular subscriber base to 590.19 million, cellular operators’ association COAI said.
The GSM subscriber base stood at 580.66 million at the end of April, 2011, with the addition of 9.53 million new users.
This is the lowest level of subscriber additions since October, 2009, when 10.76 million users were added to the GSM network.
Bharti Airtel, the largest GSM player, added 2.45 million users in May, taking its total subs
New Delhi: Indian GSM telecom operators added 9.53 million subscribers in May, taking the all-India GSM cellular subscriber base to 590.19 million, cellular operators’ association COAI said.
The GSM subscriber base stood at 580.66 million at the end of April, 2011, with the addition of 9.53 million new users.
This is the lowest level of subscriber additions since October, 2009, when 10.76 million users were added to the GSM network.
Bharti Airtel, the largest GSM player, added 2.45 million users in May, taking its total subscriber base to 167.06 million, data released by the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) showed.
It had a 28.31% market share as of the end of May, 2011, it added.
Rival Vodafone Essar, with a 23.62% market share, notched up 2.44 million new subscribers during the month. Its subscriber base stood at 139.42 million at the end of the reporting month.
Aditya Birla group firm Idea Cellular added 1.80 million users during the month to take its total user base to 93.75 million, while Aircel added 1.11 million customers to take its subscriber base to 57.06 million.
State-run telecom firms BSNL and MTNL added 0.47 million and 20,604 new users, respectively, taking their subscriber base to 87.61 million and 5.23 million, respectively.
The COAI data excludes Reliance Communications.
GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) is the most popular standard for mobile telephony systems in the world.
The other technology platform on which Indian telcos offer services is CDMA, where players such as Tata Teleservices (TTSL), Reliance Communications and MTS are the main operators.
TTSL and Reliance Communications offer both GSM and CDMA services.
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First Published: Mon, Jun 20 2011. 03 50 PM IST
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