The Cellular Operators Association of India (which includes most of India’s GSM telecom operators) has reported an increase of 14.6 million GSM connections in the country for the month of October 2010, up 3.08% for the month.This is much higher than the number of connections added in September 2010 (12.4 million), though we must warn our readers – these numbers are not independently audited, do not include connenctions added by Tata Docomo, and many subscribers in India own multiple connections (SIMs). Frankly, if you believe some of the conversations in the controversial 2G spectrum scam tapes, you would have no faith in ‘official figures’.

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

– Bharti Airtel added 3 million with 146.29 million subscribers, the highest in the country.
– BSNL, Vodafone, and Uninor added over 2 million connections.
– Aircel, Idea Cellular and Videocon added over a million connections.
– Loop, STel, MTNL and Etisalat continue to flounder
– A good month for Videocon too, adding 1,133,880 connections.

Circlewise Additions

– Maharashtra,Gujarat,Tamil Nadu,UP East,Bihar added over a million connections.
– Jammu & Kashmir this time added 63,178 connections during this month. During earlier, volatile months, several connections had been returned.
– Among metro circles, Delhi added 504,147 connections, with Mumbai adding 560,387 connections.

Download: GSM Data from COAI (.xls file)