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April 2012: India Added Over 6.49 Million GSM Connections; Bharti Airtel Adds 2.01 Million

The Cellular Operators Association of India (which includes most of India’s GSM telecom operators), has reported an addition of 6.49 million GSM connections in April 2012, an increase of 0.98% from 664 million subscribers in the previous month. The net additions have declined compared to last month, when telcos added 6.86 million subscribers.

Uninor, whose license was cancelled following the Indian Supreme Court’s judgement in the 2G scam canceling 122 licenses, added 1.11 million connections, taking its base to 43.55 million.

GSM operator and circle-wise data (excluding Reliance and Tata):

– Bharti Airtel added 2.01 million in April, taking its connection base to 183.29 million.
– Idea Cellular added 1.48 million connections, taking its base to 114.20 million.
– Uninor added 1.11 million connections, taking its base to 43.55 million.
Aircel added 1.01 million connections, taking its base to 63.58 million.
– Vodafone added 0.81 million connections, taking its base to 151.28 million.

– Among metro circles, Delhi added 78,784 GSM connections, with Chennai adding 75,211 GSM connections.

Download: GSM Data from COAI (.xls file)

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Note that no information has been provided about the active users, which we’ll probably get once the telecom regulator TRAI releases data for the entire industry.


March 2012: India Added Over 6.86 Million GSM Connections
– February 2012: India Added Over 8.77 Million GSM Connections; Uninor Adds 2.34 Million
– January 2012: India Added Over 8.44 Million GSM Connections

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