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March 2010: India Added At Least 13.94 Million GSM Connections; Reliance Telecom?

India is expected to have added over 13.94 million connections in March 2010, according to the monthly report from the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI). 13.94 million is the minimum number, assuming that Reliance Telecom added at least some subscribers for the month. According to the COAI report, Reliance Telecom is the odd one out among GSM operators in India, and has not reported its numbers to the COAI since January 2010. Reliance Communications has both GSM and CDMA operations. COAI does not report figures for Tata Teleservices, which also operates Tata Docomo. Thus, we do not consider COAI’s market-share data to be representative of the true scenario.

— Vodafone-Essar had a month to remember as the company crossed (a reported) 100 million connections in March 2010, ending the month with 100.8 million connections, 3.62 million higher than the previous month. Vodafone is the second largest GSM operator, behind Bharti Airtel

— Bharti Airtel added 3 million connections during March, to end with 127.62 million connections. Idea Cellular ended the month 1.68 million connections higher, at 63.82 million, with maximum additions from Madhya Pradesh (231,704) and UP (West).

— PSUs BSNL has added 2.48 million connections in March, ending with 63.48 million; meanwhile, sister concern MTNL, which operates only in Mumbai and Delhi, added 87,420 new connections to take its base to 4.78 million.

— Loop Mobile added 74,651 in Mumbai, the only circle it operates in and has ——- million connections in total.

New Telcos

— Aircel: ended the month with 36.86 million connections, up 2 million, month on month.
— Uninor: had 4.26 million connections at the end of March 2010, up 708,556 for the month. For the telco, UP (East) has the highest connections at 765,256. Uninor operates in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Bihar, UP (East), UP (West).
— S Tel added just 289,728 new connections. It operates in just the C Circle states of Himachal Pradesh, Orissa and Bihar has 1 million connections.

Circle Wise Additions

Metros: All the metros put together have added 1.21 million GSM connections in the month of March, with a total of 53.1 million connections in all the four metros.

Category A Circles: In the A category circles, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have the most number of GSM connections with 32.97 million and 31. million respectively. A category circles had a total of 141.93 million connections at the end of March.

Category B Circles: There were 162.29 million GSM connections in B Circles, a growth of 3.68 percent over the previous month. Within the circle UP(E) added 1.48 million connections.

Category C Circles: C Circles had a total of 64.52 million GSM connections in February and showed a growth rate of 3.88 percent over the previous month.

Download: GSM Data from COAI (Excel file)

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