Telecom operator Airtel tops in GSM mobile user net additions in April

Telecom Lead India: Mobile operator Bharti Airtel is leading
the Indian telecom market in terms of net addition of mobile users in April

The telecom giant added 2.01 million users, highest in
April, taking its total subscriber base to 183.29 million.

According to the Cellular Operators Association of India
(COAI), GSM telecom operators added 6.50 million subscribers in April, taking
the total user base to 670.57 million. The GSM subscriber base was 664.08
million in March.

Airtel’s market share stood at 27.33 percent in April.

Vodafone’s market share is 22.56 percent. The mobile service
giant added 0.81 million customers during the month taking its subscriber base
to 151.28 million in April.

Vodafone, Airtel and Idea Cellular are expected to add
customers significantly in May and June due to their revised 3G tariffs.

Idea Cellular has 17.03 percent market share. The Aditya
Birla group company added 1.48 million new subscribers in April, taking its subscriber
to 114.20 million.
Uninor, which has seen significant growth in user base in the previous months
despite the 2G spectrum issue, added 1.12 million new customers in April. Its
user base swells to 43.55 million in April.
Aircel added 1.01 million new users during the month to take its base to 63.58
million. Aircel lost customers in March.
BSNL did not add customers during the month. MTNL lost 0.10 million customers
in April. The performance of both MTNL and BSNL is a serious concern for the
telecom ministry.
The subscriber base of BSNL and MTNL stood at 94.67 million and 5.48 million respectively
by the month-end.
Videocom added 0.15 million new customers in the month taking its total base to
6.10 million at the end of April-end.
Uninor and Videocon saw over two per cent growth in their subscriber additions
during the month.
Sistema Shyam TeleServices (MTS India) added 0.20 million customers in April
taking its total customer base to 16.05 million.

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