GSM Subscriber base reaches 632.08 million,operators like Airtel, Aircel, Vodafone and others added 6.68 mn subscribers in Nov: COAI

GSM operators added 6.68 million new subscribers in November, taking the total GSM subscriber base in the country to 632.08 million.

The additions have increased the GSM subscriber base by 1.07 per cent from October. During that month, GSM operators had added 7.12 million new users taking the total to about 625.40 million.

The growth in November was led by Idea Cellular, which added 2.17 million new users, taking its total user-base to 103.99 million, according to the data released today by the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI).

Bharti Airtel, the largest GSM player, added 0.96 million subscribers, taking its total to 174.69 million users. It had a market share of 27.64 per cent.

Vodafone Essar, with a 23.23 per cent market share, added 0.92 million new subscribers during the month, taking its subscriber base to 146.84 million at the end of November 2011.

State-owned BSNL and MTNL added 0.55 million and 33,666 new users, taking their total to 92.14 million and 5.39 million, respectively.

Aircel added 0.67 million customers taking its subscriber base to 60.95 million, while Uninor added 1.86 million new users to take its subscriber base to 34.18 million at the end of last month.

Circle-wise, the highest addition was in UP (East) where 1.19 million new users were added in November. The circle, among the total 22 circles, also has the highest number of GSM users at 53.24 million.

GSM is the leading standard for mobile telephony systems in the world. The other technology platform on which telcos offer services is CDMA, where players such as Tata Teleservices (TTSL), RCom and Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd (SSTL) are the main operators. TTSL and RCom offer both GSM as well as CDMA services.

SSTL, which offers services under the MTS brand name, registers its number with CDMA lobby AUSPI. In November, MTS added 0.47 million new customers, taking its total user base to 14.54 million.

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