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GSM subscriber number touches a new high of 656.86 million

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According to data released by the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), the lobby group for GSM-based mobile operators, India’s largest telecom service provider by revenue and subscribers, Bharti Airtel Ltd, has maintained its lead with 178.78 million subscribers. Airtel is closely followed by Vodafone India Ltd with 149.4 million.

The total number of GSM subscriber that India added in February stands at 8.77 million. The subscriber additions are a 1.35 percent increase over the previous month’s figure. Eastern Uttar Pradesh maintained its lead as the telecom service area with the highest number of GSM users at 55.54 million, while Maharashtra added the highest number of subscribers in the country, a little more than a million subscribers — 11.42% of total additions in February.

Idea Cellular Ltd added the maximum number of GSM subscribers in February with 2.58 million. Private telecom operator Uninor, which is one of the main operators hit by the ruling of the apex court, continued its momentum with highest growth of 6 per cent last month adding 2.3 million new users to take its total to 41.1 million. The subscriber growth in February marks the third consecutive rise in subscriber additions after falling to as low as 6.68 million in November.

The GSM market is completely dominated by the top 5 players who account for more than 90 per cent of the total market.

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