According to PriMetrica’s GlobalComms database, 50 wireless operators reported subscriber growth in excess of 100% in 2003, with the best performance coming from the Belarussian cellco Mobile TeleSystems LLC (MTS) which hit the jackpot with a massive 1,400% increase. During 2003 the Belarussian/Russian joint venture saw its customer base rise from just 29,000 to 465,000, to give it a market share of 42%. Other impressive performances were recorded by Enitel Movil (Nicaragua) which reported growth of 587% to 120,000, Afghan Wireless Communications (566% to 100,000), India’s BSNL (503% to 5.22 million) and Virgin Mobile USA (383% to 1.45 million). In Europe, Greece’s newest wireless operation Q-Telecom saw its customer base rise from 76,000 to 366,500 during the year, while Russia’s Ermak RMS achieved a 323% increase to 346,500. Two players from Africa made it into the top ten, Orascom Telecom Algeria and Celtel Chad, which reported growth of 301% and 278% respectively.
Of the top 50 highest performers, ten operate in Russia (Ermak RMS, Ekaterinburg-2000, Sibirtelecom, Dal Telecom International, South-Urals Cellular Phone, New Telephone Company, VimpelCom, Nizhni Novgorod Cellular Communications, SMARTS Group and MegaFon) with a further three operating in former USSR states (Mobile TeleSystems LLC, Perfectum Mobile, Buztel). Five hailed from India (BSNL, Aircel, Aircel Digilink, Idea Cellular and Bharti Cellular), three from Ghana (Kasapa Telecom, Ghana Telecom and Millicom Ghana) and two each from Pakistan (Pakistan Telecommunications Mobile Ltd and Mobilink), Syria (SyriaTel and Spacetel Syria) and the US (Virgin Mobile USA, Dobson Communications). GlobalComms subscribers have access to the full list of performance indicators. Please visit www.primetrica.com for details or call +44 1392 315567.