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Mar-09 India Telecom Stats: 15.64M Wireless Added, 10.68M GSM; 6.22M Broadband; Wireline UP!

March saw the telecom market rebound, adding 15.64 million wireless connections and beating January's record of 15.41 million, TRAI reports. In January, many operators launched promotional offers to woo subscribers which resulted in a sharp increase in number of additions from December's 10.81 million. Read Nikhil's note on the promotional offers here. From 400.05 million total telephone (wireless, landline and WLL) connections in India in January, there are now 429.72 million connections. Teledensity is slowly crawling ahead reaching 36.98% from 35.65% in February. There were 391.76 million wireless connections (GSM, CDMA and WLL) at the end of March 2009, up from 376.12 million in February. The momentum has carried from 346.89 million in December '08 and 362.30 million in January. Medianama's report on the January and February statistics are here and here. GSM COAI celebrates the addition of 10.8 million GSM connections in March, the highest since the launch of GSM networks in the country. This number does not include additions by Reliance. Across the country, there are now 288.3 million GSM connections, which is up from 277.5 million in February 2009. Market share and number of connections per operator for March and April are given in this table. Reliance's total number of connections, GSM & CDMA combined, comes to 72,666,192. The subscriber base of operators excluded from COAI's table and sourced from TRAI's statistics are: HFCL - 388,285 connections Shyam Sistema (MTS)  - 599,801 connections Tata Teleservices - 35,121,964 connections Aircel - 18,478,325 connections Wireline: Going Up? After months of contracting, the…

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