The month of July saw a total increase of 11.52 million GSM connections in India, up 2.62% for the month, and less than the 12.29 new GSM connections reported in June, according to data released by COAI, the representative body of most GSM telecom operators in India. The GSM connection base – not subscriber base* - is at least** 451.79 million. - Bharti Airtel has yet again managed the highest increase in connections with 2.6 million additions, up by 1.9%, now with a total of 139.22 million connections. - Vodafone has added 2.4 million connections, crossing the 110 million mark, now with a total connection base of 111.46 million, still retaining second position in terms of largest GSM operator and growth rate in terms of GSM connections. - Idea Cellular crossed the 70 million mark and is now at a total GSM connection base of 70.75 million. With 1.86 million new connections, it has increased its lead over BSNL, which added 1.18 million connections, and is still lagging behind at 68.08 million total connections. - Etisalat DB still has the maximum growth rate at 65%, this keeping in mind that it has the minimum number of connections and is growing rather slowly in terms of number of GSM connections, with 11,827 new connections and total GSM connection base of 30,023. - Videocon has crossed the total GSM connection mark of 2 million, with an addition of 835,032 connections this month and a growth rate of 42.99% - Aircel, Airtel, Idea, BSNL and…
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