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India’s GSM subscriber base declines to 77 crore in April: COAI

The Cellular Operators' Association of India says the decline is mainly on Videocon Telecommunications and Idea Cellular losing customers

New Delhi: The GSM (global system for mobile communication) subscriber base in the country decreased by 2.14 lakh to 77.37 crore in April, mainly due to Videocon Telecommunications Ltd and Idea Cellular Ltd losing customers, the industry lobby Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI) said on Thursday.

Videocon lost 14.09 lakh customers while Idea’s user base declined by 3.87 lakh subscribers in April. The overall subscriber base of Vodafone and Idea fell to 51.54 lakh and 17.46 crore, respectively.

Besides, Telenor lost 25,496 customers in the reported period. Videocon had already announced a deal to sell its spectrum in six circles to Bharti Airtel Ltd.

The GSM subscriber base stood at 77.39 crore at the end of March. Market leader Bharti Airtel added 9.78 lakh subscribers to take its base to 25.22 crore, with a market share of 32.60%.

Vodafone’s subscriber base increased by 46,660 in the reported period, taking its total base to 19.79 crore with 25.59% market share.

Aircel Ltd’s customer base soared by 5.72 lakh to 8.76 crore and state-run Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd also added 10,091 subscribers.

COAI did not report the GSM figures of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, Reliance Communications Ltd and Tata Teleservices Ltd.

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