India’s wireless sector booming

10 Aug 2005

India’s combined GSM and CDMA subscriber base grew by 2.49 million in July to reach 59.215 million, according to reports from industry bodies. The Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI) reports that the country’s nine GSM providers added 1.954 million customers in a month, taking the total number of GSM users to 46.874 million. The market leader, Bharti Tele-Ventures, added 533,218 subscribers, giving it 12.789 million, whilst state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), the second-ranked GSM player, claimed a mobile user base of 10.724 million at the end of the month after adding 494,469 new customers. Meanwhile, the Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India (AUSPI) said that CDMA operators signed up 535,330 new users, lifting their combined client base to 12.341 million. Mumbai-based Reliance Infocomm accounted for the bulk of the new CDMA additions, attracting 360,110 customers, and upping its total number of wireless users to 10.647 million.