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Sep 2010:India Added Over 12.4 M GSM Connections; RCOM Adds 2 M

The Cellular Operators Association of India (which includes most of India’s GSM telecom operators) has reported an increase of 12.4 million GSM connections in the country for the month of September 2010, up 2.67% for the month. This is less than what was reported for August 2010, when the same set of telecom operators added 13.50 million GSM connections. According to data released by COAI, which represents most of India’s GSM operators, the GSM connection base for India is at least 477.7 million. This data does not include data for Tata Docomo and Reliance Communications’ GSM operations.

Additionally, we’ve received a note from Reliance Communications stating that the company added 2 million connections in all for the month, GSM and CDMA combined. Thus, India has added at least 14.4 million wireless connections for the month.

Telecom operator and circle-wise data (with inaccurate figures for RCOM and Tata Teleservices removed):

– Airtel, BSNL,and Uninor added over 2 million connections

– Aircel (1.6 million), Idea Cellular (1.4 million),and Vodafone (1.7 million) added over a million connections.
– For once, BSNL has registered the highest increase in connections, with 2.3 million additions, a 3.32% increase in its base. BSNL now has 72.6 million  connections.
– Uninor’s continues to add over 2 million connections, with 2.17 million for the month. This is a 23.90% increase in its connection base, and it now has 11.27 million connections.
– STel, MTNL, Loop and Etisalat continue to flounder
– A good month for Videocon too, adding 817,373 connections
– Loop mobile added only 15,788 connections.

Circlewise Additions

– Bihar added the maximum GSM connections during the month, and now has 31.75 million GSM connections.
– Jammu & Kashmir this time added 48,733 connections during the month: it’s connection base had declined over the last two months.
– Among metro circles, Delhi added 384,985 connections, with Mumbai adding 281,712 connections.

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