India adds 7.9 million new telecom subscribers in September

Indian telecom service providers added 7.9 million new
subscribers in September 2011, taking the total number of wireless users in the
country to 873.61 million.

The total telecom subscriber base of the country stood at
906.9 million at the end of September, taking the overall tele density to
75.48, according to TRAI.

The number of wireline subscribers fell to 33.3 million
in September from 34.07 million in August.

There was marginal increase in India’s broadband subscriber
base to 12.84 million in September from 12.69 million in the previous month.

About 25.70 lakh subscribers submitted request for MNP in
September. Since the introduction of MNP in November last year, about 206.29
lakh subscribers across the country had submitted requests, till September, for
changing their service providers while retaining their mobile numbers under
MNP, according to a report in

The number of active mobile subscribers during September,
according to visitor location register (VLR) data, was 617.76 million. VLR
numbers provide details on active customers at any given point of time,
excluding ‘switched-off’ and ‘out-of-coverage area’ customers. Meanwhile,
growth in the wireless category was led by Idea Cellular which added 1.73
million users, taking its subscriber base to 100.18 million at the end of

Bharti Airtel added 0.93 million subscribers in the
reported month, taking its user base to 172.78 million. Reliance Communications
added 1.02 million new users to take its total customer base to over 147.08
million. Vodafone added 0.84 million new customers during the month, taking its
user base to 144.99 million, while Aircel added over 0.60 million users during
the period.

BSNL added 0.38 million new users, taking its total
subscriber base to 95.79 million. The other state-run telecom company MTNL saw
28,360 new users registering for its service in the reported month.

By Team
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