2G spectrum issue: Airtel, Idea, Aircel, Uninor, MTS and Videocon gain share in Indian telecom market

Telecom Lead India:
Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, Aircel, Uninor, Sistema Shyam (MTS India) and
Videocon Telecommunications have gained market share in February 2012 in the
wake of Supreme Court’s decision to cancel 2G licenses in 122 telecom circles in
India.

 

The market share gain by Uninor, Sistema Shyam (MTS India)
and Videocon Telecommunications is significant because all these operators will be forced to stop their services shortly as per the Supreme
Court order.

 

The market share of Bharti Airtel, India’s largest telecom
operator, has gone up to 19.62 percent in February 2012 from 19.58 percent in
January 2012.

 

Idea Cellular’s market share went up to 12.15 percent in
February 2012 from 11.97 percent in January 2012.

Despite the advantage, players such as – Reliance
Communications, Vodafone, BSNL, Tata Teleservices – could not increase their
market share in mobile services.

 

Analysts had predicted that Bharti Airtel, Reliance
Communications and Vodafone would gain from the 2G issues.

 

According to TRAI, total wireless subscriber base increased
from 903.73 million in January 2012 to 911.17 million at the end of February
2012, registering a growth of 0.82 percent. The share of urban subscriber has marginally
decreased from 65.41 percent to 65.20 percent where as share of rural subscribers has marginally increased from 34.59 percent to
34.80 percent. The overall wireless Tele density in India reaches 75.42.

 

Wireless subscription in urban areas increased from 591.10
million in January 2012 to 594.11 million at the end of February 2012,
according to telecom regulator.

 

The subscription in rural areas increased from 312.62
million to 317.06 million during the same period. This shows higher growth in rural
subscription (1.42  percent) than urban subscription
(0.51 percent). The urban wireless teledensity has increased from 162.06 to
162.61 and rural teledensity has increased from 37.13 to 37.62.

 

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