The Cellular Operators Association of India (which includes most of India’s GSM telecom operators), has reported a decrease of 7.10 million GSM connections in August 2012, closing in at 671.9 million, a decrease of 1.05% from 679.0 million subscribers in the previous month.The uncertainty around Uninor’s operations, have resulted in the company losing 2.38 million subscribers. However, what’s worth noting is that three major operators lost subscribers: Airtel lost 1.90 million, Idea Cellular lost 1.64 million, and Vodafone lost 1.55 million connections in August. This might also be due to the deactivation of inactive connections or adjustment in subscriber numbers after MNP (mobile number portability).

Also note that the COAI has not included subscriber numbers for Stel and Etisalat DB.

GSM operator and circle-wise data (excluding Reliance and Tata):

– Aircel added 793,717 connections and Loop Mobile added 79,842 connections.
– Uninor lost 2.38 million connections, taking its base to 42.11 million.
– Bharti Airtel lost 1.90 million in August, taking its connection base to 186.90 million.
– Idea Cellular lost 1.64 million connections, taking its base to 115.97 million.

– Among metro circles, Chennai added 107,131 GSM connections.

Download: GSM Data from COAI (.xls file)

Note that no information has been provided about the active users, which we’ll probably get once the telecom regulator TRAI releases data for the entire industry.


July 2012: India Added Over 1.70 Million GSM Connections; Uninor Loses 1.08M Subscribers
– June 2012: India Added Over 4.63 Million GSM Connections
– May 2012: India Added Over 7.27 Million GSM Connections
– April 2012: India Added Over 6.49 Million GSM Connections; Bharti Airtel Adds 2.01 Million
– March 2012: India Added Over 6.86 Million GSM Connections
– February 2012: India Added Over 8.77 Million GSM Connections; Uninor Adds 2.34 Million
– January 2012: India Added Over 8.44 Million GSM Connections