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New Delhi: Bharti Airtel Ltd, Vodafone India Ltd and Idea Cellular Ltd—the country’s top three cellular operators—lost about two million subscribers in September, continuing a clean-up of the mobile user base in India.

Bharti Airtel alone lost about 980,000 subscribers to end September with 185.92 million users. It still has the largest market share at 27.68%.

The three operators together account for 67% of the total GSM subscriber base in the country.

The total GSM-based subscriber base was 671.67 million in September, the Cellular Operators Association of India’s latest data released on Friday showed.

Idea ended September with 115.46 million subscribers after losing 680,000 users, and Vodafone’s user base dropped by 500,000 to 152.66 million.

Aircel added 655,117 users in September and Uninor 32,662. State-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd did not add a single subscriber in the month.

In August, GSM operators had lost over 7.10 million subscribers, 5.1 million of whom had opted out of the networks of Airtel, Vodafone and Idea.

Shares of Bharti and Idea fell over 2% to 260.90 and 80.05, respectively, on BSE at 3.10 pm. The Sensex was down 0.88% at 18,676.64 points.

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