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Airtel claims top spot in telecom

Airtel claims top spot in telecom
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First Published: Mon, Aug 18 2008. 12 39 AM IST
Updated: Mon, Aug 18 2008. 08 52 AM IST
New Delhi: Private sector telecom company Bharti Airtel Ltd said it overtook state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) as India’s top integrated telecom firm with some 75 million customers.
Integrated telecom firms offer telephony, along with related services such as broadband and Internet-based television.
However, BSNL’s revenues for the fiscal year to 31 March this year were Rs10,747.79 crore, some 28% more than Bharti Airtel’s Rs8,381 crore.
In the mobile phone segment, Bharti Airtel added 7.2 million users in July, taking its subscriber base to 72 million with a market share of almost 33%, it said in a statement.
BSNL added more than 500,000 subscribers in July, taking its user base to 37.9 million, with a market share at 17.32%, according to data with the Cellular Operators Association of India.
Bharti Airtel said its subscriber base is the fourth largest in the world, following China Mobile Ltd, China Unicom and AT&T Inc., which have 414.5 million, 170.7 million and 72.9 million users, respectively, as of end-June.
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First Published: Mon, Aug 18 2008. 12 39 AM IST