India added 13.01 million new GSM connections in February, down by about 890,000 as compared to 13.90 in January. The total number of GSM connections in the country has risen from  394.90 million in January to 407.91 million in February.

Readers should note that these are numbers shared by telecom operators with the Cellular Operators Association of India, and subsequently with the Indian telecom regulator TRAI. Auditing appears to be an issue: we’ve noticed that the data sheets for January and February have different figures for the total number of additions for the month of January. The last month, it was reported that GSM operators have added 13.90 million connections in January, while this month, it has been reported the number for that month at 14.46 million.

Operator-wise Additions

New entrants Uninor and S Tel have added  1.30 million and 210,920 new connections. The are proving to be tough competitors for the already established telcos. S Tel which operates in  the C Circle states of Himachal Pradesh, Orissa and Bihar has 717,099 connections. Uninor which has presence in all A, B and C circles in 8 states has 3.56 million connection in total at the end of February.

Vodafone has added the highest number of GSM connections among the telcos in February. With 3.09 million in February it has a total of 97.23 million GSM connections. Airtel follows with addition of 2.90 million connections taking its total number of GSM connection in India to 124.62 million.

PSUs BSNL has added 1.55 million connections in February despite tough competition from private players and the pending 93 million GSM line tender. It has a total of 61 million GSM connection in India. Another PSU MTNL which operates in Mumbai and Delhi only added 86,706 new connections to take its total to 4.70 million.

Aircel and Idea have added 1.83 million and 2.26 million GSM connections respectively in February.  Idea has a total of 62.14 million GSM connections and faces tough competition from Tata Teleservices. According to the TRAI data for January, Tata Teleservices surpassed Idea in the number of wireless connections in India.  COAI does not report figures for Tata Teleservices. Loop Mobile added 74,651 in Mumbai, the only circle it operates in and has 2.78 million connections in total.

Circle Wise Additions

Jammu & Kashmir and Orrisa have shown the maximum growth of 9.94 percent and 5.16 percent month over month among all states.  New prepaid services had been stopped in Jammu & Kashmir last November by the Government due to security reasons but later and extension was issued to continue prepaid services up to February 22, 2011.

All the metros put together have added 1.11 million GSM connections in the month of February. There are a total of 51.89 million connections in all the four metros. In the A Circles Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have the most number of GSM connections with 31.87 million and 29.95 million respectively. The circle has a total of 137.38 million connections at the end of February.

There were 156.53 million GSM connections in B Circles, it was a growth of 3.61 percent over the previous month. Within the circle UP(E) added 1.22 million connections. C Circles had a total of 62.12 million GSM connections in February and showed a growth rate of 4.68 percent over the previous month.

Download: GSM Data from COAI (Excel file)

Jan 2010: India Crosses 8M Broadband Connections; Adds 19.90 M Wireless
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Dec 09: India Adds 12.52M GSM Connections
TRAIs Indian Telecom Report For July-Sep 2009
Nov09: India Adds 11.09M GSM Connections