India adds 15 mn mobile users in Aug

India adds 15 mn mobile users in Aug

New Delhi: Indian mobile operators added 15.1 million users in August, their second highest monthly performance ever, with sixth-ranked operator Tata Teleservices Ltd leading growth in the world’s fastest growing mobile market.

India had 456.7 million mobile subscribers at the end of August, data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, or Trai, showed.

August’s subscriber additions by Indian firms were the biggest since March, when they had signed a record 15.64 million users. They added 14.38 million in July.

Tata Teleservices, in which Japan’s NTT DoCoMo Inc. owns a 26% stake, is predominantly a CDMA-based operator but recently expanded its GSM network to some telecom zones. New tariff plans such as per-second billing introduced for GSM customers helped it add a highest-ever 3.4 million subscribers in August.

Bharti Airtel Ltd, India’s top mobile operator, added 2.8 million users in August to take its base to 108 million. Second-ranked Reliance Communications Ltd added 2.1 million to increase its base to 84.1 million.