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 Vodafone added over a million connections each this month.

Circle Wise Additions

– Tamil Nadu added the maximum number of connections this month at 1.3 million new connections and now has a total connection base of 37.42 million. Though having the maximum number of connections in individual circles, Tamil Nadu stands second among the states with the maximum connections with UP having the most. UP (W) has 23.65 million and UP (E) has 36.89 million connections, adding 850,279 and 869,941 connections respectively, for the month.
– Haryana crossed its 10 million mark in number of total connections with an addition of 306,168 new connections, up 3.08% and is now at 10.25 million total connections.
– Among metro circles, Delhi still has the most connections at 19.39 million with Mumbai running in at second with 18.04 million.
– J&K saw a decline in the number of connections this month. The total number of GSM connections went down by 899,918 to 4.25 million, a drop of 17.46%.


* – Due to rampant multi-SIM usage in India, it is likely that even though this is being referred to by telecom operators as a subscriber base, it effectively represents the connection base, with many subscribers owning multiple connections.
** – The COAI data has static (old) figures for Reliance Communications’ GSM operations, and doesn’t take into account Tata Docomo data. MediaNama has thus taken into account data without RCOM-GSM and Tata Docomo.