New Delhi: The GSM-based cellular industry added 5 million subscribers in the month of May with Bharti Airtel retaining its top slot with a market share of 31.2%.
With this, the all-India GSM subscriber base touched 130.6 million at the end of May 2007 compared to 125.5 million at the end of April 2007, reflecting a growth rate of 4.02%, the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) said in a statement.
In May, the cellular subscriber base of Bharti touched 40.7 million with additions of 1.85 million users, followed by BSNL at 27.9 million with a market share of 21.43% and additions of 238,000 subscribers.
Hutch-Essar has 29.2 million subscribers, taking its market share to 22.36% and Idea with a market share of 11.69% has over 15.2 million subscribers in May.
Hutch-Essar added 1.51 million subscribers in May, while Idea added 703,000 mobile users in the same month.
MTNL’s GSM subscriber base in Delhi and Mumbai touched 2.55 million, while Spice Telecom has over 3 million subscribers.
MTNL added 64,098 users while Spice added 192,000 subscribers in May. Aircel’s user base in May stood at 6.41 million.
“The growth of the GSM subscribers has been driven primarily by aggressive network expansions by the operators coupled with decreasing tariffs and increasing affordability,” COAI director general T V Ramachandran said.
Among all circles, Category B circles witnessed the highest rate of growth at 4.4%, followed by Category C circles at 4.21%.
Within the Category B circles, the highest growth was recorded by the Rajasthan circle at 6.22% followed by Madhya Pradesh at 5.3%.
In the Category C circles, the North East circle recorded the highest growth at 6.68% followed by Bihar at 4.37%.
Category A circles witnessed a growth of 4.05% and Andhra Pradesh recorded the highest growth at 4.09% followed by Maharashtra at 4.07% in Category A circles.
The metro subscribers grew by 3.04% over the previous month. Delhi recorded the highest growth at 3.93% followed by Chennai at 3.59%.