India adds 1.35Cr new GSM users in Aug

India added over 13.5 million new GSM mobile subscribers in August.

The total GSM subscriber base stood at over 481 million in August this year, a growth of 2.89 per cent over the month of July, Cellular Operators Association of India (CAOI) said in its latest figures.

Country’s largest private telecom firm Bharti Airtel added a little over two million subscribers to take its total user base to 141.25 million and market share to 29.33 per cent.

Bharti Airtel is followed by Vodafone with a market share of 23.62 per cent and a subscriber base of 113.77 million at the end of August.

State-owned BSNL is at fourth position in terms of GSM mobile user base with total subscribers of about 70.4 million. But it is at the fifth place when CDMA users are also taken into consideration as Reliance Communication and Tatas are ahead of BSNL. BSNL added over 2.29 million new subscribers in August.

IDEA cellular continues to be the third largest GSM mobile operator with a subscriber base of 72.7 million and a market share of little over 15 per cent.

MTNL, which operators only in two metros of Delhi and Mumbai, continues to grow at extremely low pace of less than one per cent as its subscriber base rose to 4.99 million with a market share of just one per cent.

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