Idea Cellular leads Indian mobile market in net additions in February 2012

Telecom Lead India:
Idea Cellular is leading the mobile services market in India in terms of net
additions in February 2012. Idea Cellular has added 2.58 million new
subscribers last month. Uninor, whose licenses will be cancelled, has added
2.34 million mobile users. Bharti Airtel has added 1.82 million subscribers and
its user base stood at 178.77 million.

Sistema Shyam Teleservices (MTS India), Videocon and Loop,
whose licences were cancelled, added 2.31 lakh, 3.48 lakh and 11,426 new users,

Reliance Communications and Vodafone added 0.97 million and 0.83 million new
customers to take their subscriber base to 152 million and 149.44 million,

BSNL and MTNL added 0.11 million and 34,988 new users in February,
respectively. Their subscriber base stood at 97.75 million and 5.77 million,

Aircel added 0.79 million new subscribers, while Tata Teleservices lost 1.83
million subscribers in the reported period. 

TRAI said 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.


However, the number of active mobile subscribers, according
to the visitor location register (VLR) data, was 670.65 million on the date of
Peak VLR for the month of February 2012. 

VLR numbers provide details on active customers at any given point of time,
excluding switched-off and out-of-the- coverage area customers.

The overall teledensity in India reached 78.10 per cent in

Wireline subscriber base declined from 32.39 million at the
end of January to 32.33 million at the end of February 2012. BSNL and MTNL hold
80.76 per cent of the wireline market share. 

Broadband subscriber base increased from 13.42 million at the end of January to
13.54 million at February-end. 

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